United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Richard M. Moose, has been having?
United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Richard M. Moose, has been having talks in Mogadishu with Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre. An American embassy spokesman said on Monday (20 March) that no details were available on the talks, which lasted several hours. Observers, however, had expect ed them to centre on conditions for future US military and economic aid to help Somalia recover from its defeat by Soviet - backed Ethiopia. Diplomatic sources said Washington wanted to provide aid; but there would have to be detailed discussion over President Carter's demand that Somalia should promise not to violate the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Moose arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday (18 March). The visit was seen by diplomats as confirmation of US support for President Siad Barre's government. And this desire to strengthen ties between the two countries was emphasises by Mr. Moose on his arrival.
Mr. Moose is the most senior United States official to visit Mogadishu since relations between Somalia and Moscow deteriorated last summer, when the Soviet Union backed Marxist Ethiopia.