Farmajo and Felix Tshisekedi meet in Kinshasa

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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo has today met with his counterpart Felix Tshisekedi.

‘To re-establish security, economic growth, debt rescheduling process, strengthening of democracy and the fight against terrorism,’ according to a statement from Villa Somalia.

”Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo face similar challenges and we must work together to ensure the development of our peoples. These challenges include extremism, poverty, youth unemployment and terrorism, which is a major obstacle to the progress of our countries.”

The meeting took place in the area of ​​the capital Kinshasa and the two leaders agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries and enhancing relations with African countries, according to a statement from Villa Somalia.

A statement from Villa Somalia said: ”The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia for accepting the invitation, and commanded the significant achievements of the people and government of Somalia.”

For his part, Farmajo thanked the President and people of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the warm welcome he and his delegation received, and indicated that the federal government would support President Tshiskedi in his role as leader of the African Union.

Farmajo and a delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, Minister of Petroleum and Minerals Eng. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, diplomats and advisers from the presidency arrived in the Congolese capital last night.

The presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the first time spoken of the outgoing president’s visit to the country.

A statement from the president’s Twitter account said President Félix Tshisekedi, who is also chairman of the African Union, would discuss regional issues with Farmajo, which were not immediately clear.

However, the agenda of the meeting on ‘regional issues’ differs from that previously announced by Villa Somalia in that the trip is aimed at enhancing diplomatic cooperation between the two countries and at the continental level in the areas of security, economy, eradication, poverty and extremism.

There are suspicions that Farmajo’s trip to the Congo, organized by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Qatar, is aimed at reconciling Kenya and Somalia, as Qatar has a large stake in ENI, which owns oil exploration in Somalia’s territorial waters.