The President of Somalia, General Mohamed Siad Barre, arrived in Jordan on Tuesday (17 January) for two days of talks with King Hussein.
The President of Somalia, General Mohamed Siad Barre, arrived in Jordan on Tuesday (17 January) for two days of talks with King Hussein. The two leaders discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa where Somalia is confronting Ethiopia over the Ogaden Desert.
SYNOPSIS: The Somali President visit to Jordan was the latest in a number of visits General Barre has made to Arab and Moslem capitals. Earlier this month he toured Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Oman and the Sudan. His purpose then was the same....to seek support for Somali forces who are fighting Ethiopia in the Ogaden Desert. The President is particularly concerned about Soviet aid to Ethiopia and claims that a Soviet inspired attack on his country is imminent.
This was something he later discussed with King Hussein who gave President Barre a warm welcome at Amman airport. As well as seeking support for the Somali position, the president is also seeking arms to match the equipment being used by Ethiopia.
Just prior to his talks with King Hussein, President Barre had asked Britain, France, West Germany and the United States for arms to defend Somalia against attack. But Britain for one has indicated that it would rather see the conflict settled by the mediation efforts of the Organisation for African Unity.