Somalia's President Mohammed Siad Barre arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (18 September) on the sixth leg of his tour of Arab countries.
Somalia's President Mohammed Siad Barre arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (18 September) on the sixth leg of his tour of Arab countries. It's understood he briefed Arab leaders on the fighting in the Ogaden desert, the scene of a two month war between Somali-backed guerrillas and Ethiopian troops.
SYNOPSIS: President Barre arrived in Abu Dhabi from Iraq after visiting Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Kuwait. He was greeted at the airport by the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan President Barre's schedule had been gruelling and he was to stay only a day in Abu Dhabi.
After the formal welcoming proceedings at the airport, at which President Barre was introduced to a number of top officials in the United Arab Emirates, the two Presidents drove off to begin their discussions.
The main purpose of President Barre's tour of Arab states was to keep his fellow Arab leaders fully informed of the latest developments in the Ogadan, in the Horn of Africa, where Somali-backed guerrillas are claiming significant victories in their fight against Ethiopian troops and militia. The guerrillas say they have captured the important Ethiopian tanks base at Jijiga. After the talks, President Barre went on to Qatar.