President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia left the Abu Dhabi for Qatar on Wednesday (January 9) after three days of talks with United Arab Emirate President Zaid bin Sultan al-Nihyan.
President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia left the Abu Dhabi for Qatar on Wednesday (January 9) after three days of talks with United Arab Emirate President Zaid bin Sultan al-Nihyan. The somali President is currently on a tour of a number of countries on the Arabian Peninsula.
Concurrently, senior officials from both governments held meetings in Abu Dhabi on economic cooperation including possible UAE investment in Somalia.
In a joint communique issued just before the departure of President Mohamed Siad Barre, the two countries pledged to expand co-operation in all fields and to press for mutual solidarity between all African and Arab countries. The President of Somalia also supported the cause of the Palestinians while the President of the UAE called for preservation of the t???ritorial integrity of all of Somalia.
President Mohamed Siad Barre started his ten-day tour with a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. He also visited Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. The tour ended on Sunday (January 13).
SYNOPSIS: The President of Somalia, Mohamed Siad Barre, left Abu Dhabi on Wednesday after three days of high level talks. The President is on a ten-day tour of five countries on the Arabian Peninsula.
Zaid bin Sultan al-Nihyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, was at the airport to bid farewell to Mr. Siad Barre. The two men released a joint communique pledging to extend co-operation between the two countries. the communique also called for increased friendship between all Arab and African countries. Somalia expressed support for the territorial claims of the Palestinians while the United Arab Emirates called for preservation of the territorial integrity of Somalia.
President Siad Barre also visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. He was promoting investment in Somalia by the oil-rich Arab countries. Somali officials travelled with the President and held parallel talks with their Arab counterparts.