Somali president invites leaders of regional states for talks in Mogadishu

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has invited the leaders of the five regional states in the country and the governor of Banadir region for talks on 10 September in the capital, Mogadishu.

According to the communications direcctor of the Somali Presidency, Abdinur, the meeting will discuss the electoral process and is aimed at finalising the Dusamareb 3 agreement between the federal government, leaders of the three regional states of Galmudug, Hirshabelle and South West, in addition to the governor of Banadir region in Dusamareb, capital of Galmudug state, mid last month.

The presidents of Jubbaland and Puntland regional states, who boycotted the Dusamareb 3 Conference and rejected its outcome, are currently in Mogadishu and are expected to raise their reservations in the upcoming meeting.

Meanwhile, the three presidents of South West, Hirshabelle and Galmudug states are expected to hold talks in Baidoa, the interim capital of South West state ahead of the Mogadishu meeting with President Farmajo.

Hirshabelle president Mohamed Abdi Waare has already arrived in Baidoa while his Galmudug counterpart, Ahmed Abdi Kariye aka Qoor Qoor, is expected to reach the town in the next few hours.