Somalia: Egypt offers scholarships to Federal Govt

Puntland

MUQDISHU, Somalia Oct 6,2014 (Garowe Online)- Egyptian President General Abdul Fetah Al Sisi has offered 200 scholarship positions to the central government in Mogadishu despite deeply embedded political division in the war ravaged horn of Africa nation, Garowe Online reports. 

President Sisi directed Education Minister Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud Abo El Nasr to approve 150 scholarships for Somalia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion and 50 grants for the country's embassy. 

Egypt's highest authority for Islamic affairs, Al Azhar keeps a school in Qardo town, 122 km northeast of Puntland capital of Garowe running. 

Mogadishu-based Federal Government is accused of blocking Puntland students with credible academic merits from Sudanese scholarships in 2013. 

Unlike Puntland, Somaliland declared its independence from the rest of the country as a de facto sovereign state in 1991 but it has not been recognized internationally yet. 

GAROWE ONLINE 

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