Somali President Mohamud expected in Rome, scheduled meetings with Mattarella and Meloni

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Somalia

The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, arrives today in Rome for an official visit of several days. During his stay, previously announced by the Somali state broadcaster "Sntv", Mohamud will meet the President of the Republic at different times Sergio Mattarella, the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, and will speak at an event of the Leonardo Med-Or foundation focused on the Somali-Italian relationship. Also present at the event were Tajani, the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi, the Minister of Defense Guido Crosetto and the president of the foundation and former interior minister, Marco Minniti. According to what has been learned, Mohamud left Mogadishu this morning and is flying to Italy, where he will arrive in the evening after a stopover in Djibouti. In recent days Mohamud received in Mogadishu an Italian delegation led by Undersecretary of Defense Matteo Perego of Cremnago, with whom - said Perego - he discussed "the further strengthening of the historic bilateral ties between Somalia and Italy through cooperation on security, development and other issues of mutual interest”. During his trip to Mogadishu, Perego also visited the Italian military support base (Bmis) in Djibouti, which provides assistance to national military operations in the Horn of Africa, in the Gulf of Aden, in the Somali basin, in the Indian Ocean, and to Italian personnel in transit through Djibouti territory or employed in Somalia.

Mohamud's visit to Italy follows the one made to Mogadishu last June by the then Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio, who met the recently elected Somali president in the first leg of an African tour which later also brought him in Ethiopia and Kenya. During the talks, the Somali presidency then reported in a note, the parties discussed Italy's continued support for Somalia and the further strengthening of relations, already deemed friendly, between the two countries. Italy, the Somali presidency specified, remains a strong partner in Somalia's search for stability and progress. Mohamud was also on an official visit to Italy in 2013, during his first presidential term (2012-2017). In an interview with the newspaper "La Stampa", the Somali president had then hoped for a strengthening of the already good relations between Rome and Mogadishu, recalling a common history of over a century, linked to the Italian colonial past. During the visit, Mohamud also underlined how Italy has contributed over the years to structuring the Somali security sector, as well as collaborating for some time in the cultural and economic fields, and he defined it as the country "in the best position to help Somalia" in several respects. "Today Italy can once again rebuild the Somali state, just as Italy helped us create it 60 years ago," Mohamud added.

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