Ethiopian Prime Minister and Somali President Meet

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo (left) meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedin Addis Ababa.

Somali president Mohamed Farmaajo (center-left) met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international reports Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met on Sunday, June 2, 2019  for talks with Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in Addis Ababa.

After years of conflict, tensions between the two nations have eased over the past year. Both leaders have met together several times over the past months.

Ahmed’s office said the two “held discussions on bilateral issues, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace & security.

Relations between the two countries have received a greater boost in recent times with visits by both leaders to the respective capitals. Farmaajo last visited Addis Ababa months back following a trip in which he flew with Abiy to Nairobi to mediate on a diplomatic spat between Kenya and Somalia.

He has also been to Ethiopia for a tripartite meeting between the two countries and neighboring Eritrea. At the heart of that summit has been respect for sovereignty and better economic and social cooperation between them.

“The two leaders, including the First Lady of Somalia, planted seedlings within the compound,” a post on social media added. The tree planting has become a regular feature of the PM’s activities within and outside the presidential palace.

Ahmed last week launched what his office said was a campaign to plant four billion trees across Ethiopia. He kicked of the initiative in Adama, Oromia region and has since joined visitors to his office to plant one seedling.

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