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UN General Assembly president holds talks with senior Somali official

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Laaska News Jan 24, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — UN General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on Monday met with Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Hussein Arab Isse and they discussed the current situation in the Horn of Africa country, the president’s spokesperson, Nihal Saad, said in a statement issued here.

“They discussed developments in Somalia following President Al- Nasser’s joint visit with the secretary-general to Mogadishu last month,” said the statement. “Mr. Isse told President Al-Nasser that the security situation has significantly improved in Mogadishu since last July.”

Al-Nasser and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Somalia in Dec. 2011 for the first time in 18 years. They spoke with officials of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia, which has recently made inroads in its ongoing fight with Al- Shabaab, a militant armed group, utilizing assistance from the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF).

At their meeting, Al-Nasser and Isse spoke about an upcoming gathering of international representatives on the topic of Somalia.

“They also discussed the agenda for the upcoming London Meeting on Somalia to be held on 23 Feb. with the aim of addressing the issue of development and humanitarian aid to Somalia, the statement said.

According to the statement, Al-Nasser also spoke of the roadmap adopted on Sept. 6, 2011 for Somalia’s future. The roadmap sets political, institutional, and security goals for the nation, which are due to be achieved by August.

“On his part, the president of the General Assembly stressed the necessity of carrying through the implementation of the Somali Roadmap adopted last September in order to meet the deadline of August 2012, the statement noted. “President Al-Nasser re- affirmed that the General Assembly and the international community stand ready to offer whatever assistance they can to help Somalia and the Somali people.”



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