Somalia president jets off to Saudi for emergency summit


MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has left the country on Wednesday for Saudi Arabia, a day after returning from South Africa trip, Garowe Online reports.

President Farmajo accompanied by ministers and high-ranking government officials will attend two emergency Arab summits being convened in the Saudi city of Mecca Tomorrow, on May 30.

Somali president is among Arab League heads of state who received an invitation from the Saudi king Salman Bin Abdulaziz to the Mecca meeting which comes amid diplomatic rift between the GCC nations.

Earlier this month, King Salman had proposed holding two summits in Mecca at the end of May to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The announcement followed drone attacks on oil installations in the kingdom and attacks on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the coast of the UAE.

Riyadh accused Tehran of ordering the recent drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen's Houthi group.


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