Egypt's Sisi, Somali president discuss efforts to restore stability in Somalia

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Nov 2017

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Reuters)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed efforts to restore stability in Somalia as well as counterterrorism cooperation in a phone call on Wednesday with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, El-Sisi's office said in a statement.

The Egyptian president reiterated Egypt's “firm position” in supporting Somalia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and asserted his support for the country's efforts to restore stability.

The terrorist group Al-Shabab have been stepping up attacks in the country as a 22,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force prepares to withdraw and hand over the country's security responsibilities to the Somali military by the end of 2020.

In mid-October, over 350 people were killed in bombings in Mogadishu, the worst in the course of the country's decades civil war.

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