A high-ranking 11-man Somali delegation led by the Minister of the Interior, Yassin Nur Hassan, arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (19 September) for exploratory talks aimed at improving relations between Ethiopia and Somalia.
Delegation arriving and greeted; press conference; delegation away in car.
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Background: A high-ranking 11-man Somali delegation led by the Minister of the Interior, Yassin Nur Hassan, arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (19 September) for exploratory talks aimed at improving relations between Ethiopia and Somalia.
The delegation, which arrived in a two-engine Russian built Antonov 24 aircraft, includes the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ali Omar Shego. They were met by the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Ato Ketema Yifru, and other government officials.
In a statement at the airport, Yassin Nur Hassan told reporters that his mission was twofold.
"Firstly to deliver a message to the Emperor from the President of Somalia and, secondly, to start exploratory talks between our two countries at a very high level".
The Somali minister said the visit was a direct outcome of talks held in Kinshasa during the recent OAU summit conference between Emperor Haile Selassie and the Somali Premier, Mohammed Egal.
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Ato Ketema Yifura also emphasised that this was only just the beginning of a series of discussions to explore ways and means of improving relations between the two countries.
After the press conference the delegation left for the Foreign Ministry where the first round of talks, expected to last two or three days, were scheduled to begin.