Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh arrives in Somalia for State visit

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh arrived in Somalia on Saturday for an official visit in which he will hold talks with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Statement from the presidency stated that both sides discussed common interests among the two nations.

“They agreed on how to strengthen partnership, create jobs for youths engaged in insurgency and supporting persons with disability,” said in a statement.

President Farmajo applauded Djibouti for giving Somalia support and showing brotherhood. He also appreciated President Gelle’s engagement in ensuring Somalia peace and stability.

“It is a historic day that says a lot about our two nations and shared brotherhood. I greatly thank you for lending us your shoulder in the fight against terror,” Farmajo said.

Djibouti President Ismail Omar Gelle on his side stayed that the people his countrymen have sent messages of brotherhood, compassion and support for the people of Somalia. He said Djibouti is ready and willing to help reinstate the long-lost face of Somalia.

“Our people would love if we keep our brotherhood alive and support each other in times of joy and sorrow. Somalia is our company and we are your company,” Gelle said.

President Gelle was accompanied by dignitaries including ministers, members of Parliament and government officials, and they will have talks with their Somali counterparts in two days visit.

During his stay in Somalia, President Guelleh will attend the official opening ceremony of the Djibouti embassy in Somalia.

Djibouti is one the nations in Africa contributing AMISOM troops to restore in the troubled nation, and fight against Al-Shabab, militant group in Somalia. Djibouti has deployed a contingent of 960 troops into Somalia, and they are based in Beletweyne, which serves as Sector 4 headquarters which covers the Hiiran region.