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Saudi King, Somali president to discuss ways to defeat terrorism

Monday October 26, 2015

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (L) and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

JEDDAH: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is to pay an official visit to the Kingdom on Monday to discuss ways of solving political, economic and security related issues in the region with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

The two leaders will also talk about ways to fight terrorism and strengthen mutual work across the Arab world.

The Somali ambassador to the Kingdom, Taher Mahmoud Jaili, told local media that this visit is very important, especially since it comes at a critical period in Arab history. He noted that the situation in the region today calls for greater consultation to strengthen Arab actions and face the challenges and external dangers that afflict the area. The visit is expected to further reinforce relations between the two countries across all fields. 

The ambassador commended Saudi solidarity with the Somali people during the various crises they have faced in recent times. "The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss emerging events in Yemen and will stress the efforts of the Arab alliance, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to support legitimacy in Yemen against the Houthi rebel forces," he added.

The Somali diplomat said that the country supports all of the Kingdom's efforts to defeat the Houthis and Yemeni governmental legitimacy, in addition to its efforts to maintain the safety and security of Saudi borders.

Jaili added that Somalia wishes to strengthen coordination with the Kingdom to fight terrorism, noting the global role that the Kingdom plays in fighting terrorism and extremism.

He pointed out that the Somali president pays great attention to his country's coordination with the Kingdom, and admires the Kingdom's ability to stand up to the aggressive attacks that are constantly being directed against the Arab nation, seeking to create shallow instability and separatism within the country.

The president will be accompanied on his visit by a high-level delegation, which includes the ministers of foreign affairs, finance and information. 


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