Addis Ababa May 04/2017 Ethiopia will continue exerting efforts to bring sustainable peace and stability to Somalia, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said.
Prime Minister Hailemariam held discussion yesterday with Somalia’s President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed who was in Ethiopia for an official visit.
The premier reconfirmed Ethiopia’s continued support to the country’s durable peace and stability.
He also said the visit of the president would open a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries.
Hailemariam added that Ethiopia will support free movement of people and availability of transportation in the country.
Furthermore, he stated that Ethiopia has the desire to work together with Somalia in its efforts to fight poverty and provide humanitarian aid.
Ethiopia will also extend professional assistance to Somalia for the establishment of a federal government it is establishing, he added.
The premier said Ethiopia as chair of IGAD will at the upcoming London Conference work for uniform and integrated support for Somalia and in setting a deadline for the elimination of Al Shabaab as well rehabilitation of the Horn of African state.
President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed on his part thanked the premier for the warm reception he was accorded and the fruitful discussion he had with him.
The President said the discussion dwelt on the elimination of Al Shabaab, fighting poverty, foreign policy and monetary system as well as immigration and security issues.
President Mohammed stressed that Al Shabaab is a force that has been wrecking Somalia and a threat to global peace and security.
He said his country is currently fighting against the group along with the support of Ethiopia and Kenya as well as AMISOM.
The President also expressed gratitude to the sacrifice Ethiopia has been paying in Somalia.