Somalia: Sudan's spy chief pays surprise visit to Mogadishu

By Staff reporter , Garowe Online
Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, also known as Salah Gosh, the head of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) [File Photo]

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The head of Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh [Salah Gosh] has arrived in Mogadishu on an unannounced visit for the first time on Monday, Garowe Online reports.

Sudan's spy chief was welcomed by his Somalia counterpart, Hussein Mohamed Hussein on arrival at Aden Adde Airport in the capital, and subsequently has been escorted to NISA headquarters for talks.

Saleh held a closed-door meeting with Somali PM, Hassan Ali Khaire, Security Minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow and the country's Intelligence commander in the city, according to security sources.

"The director of NISA, Hussein Mohamed Hussein received a delegation led by the head of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), 1st Lt Gen. Salah Abdalla Mohamed Saleh who arrived in Mogadishu for an official visit," NISA tweeted.

The visit by Saleh came days after Fahad Yasin, former Chief of Staff at Villa Somalia was appointed as the deputy director of NISA. Yasin enjoys close ties with Qatar as he once became Al-Jazeera Arabic reporter.

The sources within Somali security agencies told Garowe Online the aim of the visit by NISS head is to make an assessment on NISA as Khartoum wants to implement a project to train and equip Intelligence agents.


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