So­ma­lian pres­i­dent wel­comes Al-Sisi’s in­vi­ta­tion to visit Egypt

The in­vi­ta­tion was pre­sented dur­ing his meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of a con­fer­ence in Lon­don about So­ma­lia

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Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail met with So­mali pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Ab­dul­lahi Mo­hamed and in­vited him to visit Egypt, as directed by Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi, to en­hance bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The meet­ing came fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the con­fer­ence in Lon­don about So­ma­lia, which lasted for two days in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the So­mali gov­ern­ment and the United Na­tions. Is­mail at­tended the con­fer­ence, rep­re­sent­ing the Egyp­tian state. The prime min­is­ter ex­pressed his hope that the re­sults of the con­fer­ence will con­trib­ute to sup­port­ing So­ma­lia and pro­vid­ing it with an ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment for its de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity.

He also af­firmed Egypt’s full readi­ness to pro­vide all as­pects of sup­port to the So­mali gov­ern­ment across all fields.

The So­mali pres­i­dent wel­comed Al-Sisi’s in­vi­ta­tion, re­fer­ring to the his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and the long-stand­ing role played by Egypt to sup­port So­ma­lia.

Two days ago,the Egyp­tian armed forces sent med­i­cal aid and food to So­ma­lia in a C-130 mil­i­tary trans­port plane af­ter or­ders by Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi. So­ma­lis have suf­fered from years of drought, which has left them in dire need of med­i­cal aid and food.

The So­mali pres­i­dent also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for aid sent by Egypt, and he noted that he is look­ing for­ward to co­op­er­at­ing with Egypt and ben­e­fit­ting from its ex­per­tise in var­i­ous fields.

He also added that So­ma­lia ap­pre­ci­ates Egypt’s ef­forts in train­ing and ad­vanc­ing ca­pac­i­ties in a va­ri­ety of fields.

Is­mail also stressed the im­por­tance of the role of the Egyp­tian pri­vate sec­tor in car­ry­ing out projects to en­hance the eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with So­ma­lia, point­ing out that a del­e­ga­tion of Egyp­tian busi­ness­peo­ple will visit Mo­gadishu soon to dis­cuss sev­eral ar­eas of joint co­op­er­a­tion.

Is­mail pointed out that there are many great op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease trade ex­change and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in a num­ber of fields, in­clud­ing agri­cul­ture, ir­ri­ga­tion, min­ing, oil and gas, live­stock, fish­ing, meat, and ed­u­ca­tion.

The So­mali pres­i­dent noted that his coun­try is now be­gin­ning the process of re­con­struc­tion and needs co­op­er­a­tion in sev­eral ar­eas—the fore­most of which is agri­cul­ture and mod­ern ir­ri­ga­tion meth­ods, thus con­tribut­ing to the ra­tio­nal man­age­ment of wa­ter re­sources. In this re­gard, he re­ferred to ef­forts be­ing made to build state in­sti­tu­tions, strengthen se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and make ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms in his coun­try as a step to­wards com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail

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