MOGADISHU, Somalia Feb 9 2012 (Garowe Online) - Somali President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has returned to Mogadishu on Friday from his foreign
visits abroad where Somalia was formally internationally recognized, Garowe Online reports.
President Hassan landed at Aden Adde International Airport in
Mogadishu to a red carpet reception from government officials including Prime
Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari, cabinet officials and MPs.
President Hassan returned from visits meeting with heads of
state of the United States, United Kingdom, Egypt and Belgium as Somalia's
non-transitional Federal Government was formally recognized by the US for the
first time since the collapse of the central government.
During his visit to Brussels, President Hassan made a compelling
speech stating that Somalia was in need of assistance as it was emerging from
war and in the rebuilding stage. "Somalia is where Europe was in 1945,"
continuing President Hassan said, "We need the support of the whole
After meeting with 27 EU foreign ministers, the EU pledged a
more strengthened campaign to help Somalia with an upcoming conference
scheduled for this fall that will work out a "new deal for Somalia".
In his last destination in his trip, President Hassan
after meeting with Organization on Islamic Cooperation (OIC) officials in
Cairo, spoke to Somali Diaspora in Cairo where he was asked about the
deployment of UK forces to Somalia.
President Hassan stated that the Somali Federal Government and
Britain would agree on how the British troops could provide training for the
British media stated that the troops who would be deployed to
Mogadishu were sent to protect the new British embassy in the war-torn capital.
More and more countries are pledging to establish embassies in Somalia as the
country has been winning the battle against Al Shabaab.