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Somalia: Farmajo returns home after week-long trip

By Staff Reporter , Garowe Online

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has returned home Wednesday after a trip to neighbouring Djibouti and Turkey that lasted several days, Garowe Online reports.

The president was cordially welcomed by government officials, Ministers, and Federal MPs upon arriving at Aden Adde International airport in Mogadishu as he walked from his plane, along with his delegation.

Farmajo made no media briefing at the airport in the seaside capital.

The President accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Finance left the country for Djibouti last Thursday for the Africa-China Economic Forum which raged on between 5th and 7th July.

He, along with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed and Rwandan President Paul Kagame also participated in the opening ceremony of the first phase of Chinese-built International Free Trade Zone.

Despite China’s rocky trade relationship with the U.S. dominating headlines, it has also just seen the opening of a strategic free trade zone it has built in East Africa costing $3.5 billion.

After Djibouti trip, Farmajo arrived in Turkey last Sunday, where he joined heads of states who attended the inauguration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex on July 9.

Somali president held separate meetings with several leaders and the ruling Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the sidelines of Erdogan’s Oath-taking occasion, his office said.

Saudi-UAE led Arab Alliance cut off ties with Qatar on 5th June 2017, and imposed Sea, Air and Land blockade on the Gulf Country for allegedly funding the terrorism. However, Doha denies the accusations as "baseless."


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