Meeting between Somali president, regional leaders fails to materialize

A planned conference bringing together leaders of the federal government and regional states in Mogadishu, the first of its kind in two years, has failed to materialise.

It is believed that leaders of some regional states refused to come to Mogadishu for the meeting, as has happened previously, although this has not been confirmed.

A statement from the office of the president said a new date will soon be set for the meeting, which was scheduled to commence today and end on 8 July.

“A new date for the much anticipated meeting of the National Security Council will be announced at the appropriate time,” read a statement issued by Abdinur Ahmed Mohamed, director of communications at the office of the president.

The government had announced this meeting after concerted efforts from the international community to bring together the country’s political leaders. It would have focused on the 2020/21 elections among other issues.

A virtual meeting attended by all five regional state leaders and President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo took place a few weeks ago in preparation for the meeting.

The Puntland regional state, which has been involved in a political dispute with the government of President Farmajo, had previously said it will participate in the meeting.