The President of Somalia Mohamed Siad Barre met the President of the European Economic Community, Mr.
The President of Somalia Mohamed Siad Barre met the President of the European Economic Community, Mr. Roy jenkins in Brussels on Thursday (14 September). Observers report that President Barre has been trying to improve his relations with the West and wants economic and military support.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the EEC headquarters in Brussels.
President Barre was welcomed by Mr. Jenkins. This visit was seen by observers as an attempt by President Barre to find further support from European countries and to find a new source of arms. Somialia's army is in poor shape after its defeat in march by Soviet and Cuban-backed Ethiopian forces in the Ogaden. He received pledges of economic aid from West Germany and Great Britain earlier this year, but none for military aid.
President Barre's meeting with Mr. jenkins preceded the opening of the "Lome 2" aid negotiations between the developing countries of African, Caribbean and Pacific nations (ACP), and the EEC, which begins in a few days.
Following his meeting with Mr. Jenkins the Somali President accused the West of standing idly by and allowing the Soviet Union to menance oil states in the Gulf area. He said the Cuban presence in Ethiopia would undoubtedly jeopardize stability and security in the vital regions of the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and particularly the oil-producing countries of the Gulf area.