Press release/Norway - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Friday, August 31, 2012
“I congratulate Somalia on the inauguration of a new federal parliament and the well-conducted election of a new Speaker of Parliament. Somalia
has a parliament for the first time in more than 20 years. The election
of a Speaker of Parliament brings hope of stabilisation and
cooperation,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
“Somalia now needs to be able to develop and create improved
living conditions for its population, in a situation free of war, famine
and corruption. Political developments in recent weeks give hope that
this may now be possible,” said Minister of International Development
Mohamed Osman Jawari was elected Speaker of Parliament in Somalia on 28 August by an overwhelming majority. Mr Jawari has close links to Norway and particularly to Trondheim, where he lived for a number of years.
“This is an important step forward for Somalia, and
we look forward to cooperating closely with the country's new
authorities. The fact that the Parliament is to be led by a Somali with
strong ties to Norway bodes well for cooperation between our two countries,” Mr Holmås said.
“The inauguration of the Parliament and election of the Speaker
give grounds for optimism. We expect the planned presidential election
to be held promptly and to be carried out in a fair and open manner,”
said Mr Støre.