UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feltman, today visited the Somali capital Mogadishu where he met with senior members of the Somali Federal Government. AU UN-IST
United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feltman, today (30 January) visited the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia where he met with senior members of the Somali Federal Government.
Feltman met with the Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon as well as the Minister of Justice, Defense and Interior and the speaker Mohamed Osman Jawaari, in the capital Mogadishu.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Prime Minister Shirdon said he was pleased with the meeting and the focus that the international community is giving to Somalia.
SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdi Farah Shirdon, Somali Prime Minister: “I am happy with all the issues we discussed and we agreed on them. This shows how the world is dealing with the new Somalia and how the world is listening and getting ready to support it. We welcome it and we are actually happy with it.”
The UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs added the he was happy with the progress made by the Somalis and that the UN was there to facilitate and support a “Somali process”.
SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political Affairs: “We know very well that the future of Somalia is in the hands of the Somali people that the decisions about Somali’s future rests with Somali leaders and the Somali People and we are here to facilitate and to support a Somali process”
In August 2011, the violent extremist group Al-Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the Somali National Army backed by troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
In September 2012, a new President was chosen in a United Nations-backed process which ended eight years of rule by the transitional government.