Somalia: Mohamud, Guelleh tour Djiboutian peacekeeping force bases
BELEDWEYNE, Somalia, February 22, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud along with Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh has paid visit to the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.
AMISOM commanders, traditional leaders and Hiran region administration officials received the two at Ugas Khalif airport.
Mohamud and Guelleh inspected guard of honor staged by a division from African Union peacekeepers in war-torn Somalia.
The tour follows a visit by Djibouti Defence Force commander-in-chief Zakariye Sheikh Ibrahim to Beledweyne last week.
On the eve of historic IGAD summit in Mogadishu for the first time in 25 years, Djiboutian Foreign Affairs Minister pledged some 1000 additional peacekeepers for the UN-backed weak central government in Mogadishu.
More than 22,000-strong AU forces prop-up government forces in the fight against beleaguered Al Shabaab militants in central and southern Somalia.