Leaders of Somalia and Eritrea Confer on Enhancing Mutual Relations and Joint Efforts Against Al-Shabaab

Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, convened with his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, on Sunday evening, marking a significant diplomatic engagement.

Among the agenda items were discussions aimed at fortifying and expanding the existing bilateral relations between Somalia and Eritrea.

Notably, the two heads of state engaged in extensive talks regarding the ongoing efforts to confront and diminish the threat posed by the Al-Shabaab militant group, which continues to pose a formidable challenge in the region.

A statement issued by Eritrea’s Ministry of Information underscored the breadth of topics covered during the meeting, including matters of regional and international significance.

Yemane G. Meskel, Eritrea’s Information Minister, provided insights into the discussions, highlighting the focus on enhancing partnership between the two nations and addressing pertinent regional and global issues.

President Mohamud’s visit to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, spans a two-day period and is aimed at bolstering security cooperation between the two nations.

The timing of the meeting holds particular significance following the recent Al-Shabaab attack near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, which resulted in loss of lives and injuries.

Eritrea’s support for Somalia extends to the training and equipping of Somali security forces, reflecting a shared commitment to eradicating the menace of Al-Shabaab from Somali soil.

In recent developments, Eritrea has provided training and resources to over 10,000 Somali special officers, reinforcing Somalia’s efforts in combating terrorism and stabilizing the region.

The collaborative efforts between Somalia and Eritrea underscore the importance of regional partnerships in addressing security challenges and fostering stability in the Horn of Africa.

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