GAROWE, Somalia Feb 19 2013 (Garowe Online) – Puntland President
met with an EU delegation led by EU Ambassador to Somalia in Garowe, the
administrative capital of Puntland, Garowe Online reports.
President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole met with EU Ambassador
to Somalia Michele Cervone who led dignitaries from the United Kingdom and Norway including an EU democratization
After meeting at the presidential palace President Farole
and Ambassador Cervone gave a statement to press discussing their meeting on
Ambassador Cervone thanked the Puntland government for
welcoming him and the delegation and assured that the EU would support the democratization process in
“We discussed the ongoing democratization process in
Puntland and how free and fair elections would occur in Puntland,” said
President Farole added that he and the ambassador discussed
the Puntland people’s view on the political process, security of the upcoming
elections and voters’ rights.
Finally Puntland President said that he appreciated the EU
delegation’s visit to Puntland and that it was a successful meeting and hoped
for more productive meetings in the future.
Puntland district elections are set to take place in May. Six
political associations are registered in Puntland and have already began their
election campaigns in many districts across Puntland.