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​Somalia: President Farmajo pays 3rd state visit to Saudi Arabia


MOGADISHU, Somalia — A high-level delegation led by President of the Federal government of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo left for Saudi Arabia on Two-day state visit, Garowe Online reports.

In his third official trip as Somali president, Farmaajo arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday for talks on trade, security, and other areas, with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, his Son and crown Prince, Mohamed Bin Salman, according to statement released by the Presidency, and obtained by GO.

Minister of Information, Eng Abdirahman Yarisow, said President Farmajo is accompanied by several top government officials, including, foreign affairs minister, Yusuf Garad Omar on his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Yarisow added that this travel is related to the previous visits to Riyadh, and is set to ink key deal on the fields of Economic, Security and the investment with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The President has left Mogadishu for Jeddah, Saudi, with an especial National flag carrier plane sent by King Salman.

The two leaders will also talk about ways to strength bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism and the crises in Arab world, including the three-month running diplomatic rift between the Gulf countries. 

This visit is very important, especially since it comes at a critical period in Somalia, as three Federal members states, namely Puntland, Southwest and Galmudug sided with Saudi-led bloc in against Qatar.

Last week, Somali government has reiterated its June 2017 neutral stance on the GCC crisis, following series of statements issued by the regional administrations, claiming to have sided with Saudi Alliance over Qatar.