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Somalia: President "Federalism is Crucial to Achieve Vision 2016"

Mogadishu (HAN) April 7, 2015 – Public Diplomacy, Regional defense and Maritime security News.  The Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud assured the delegates that his government is committed to implementing Vision 2016 and also directed all federal and regional government institutions to implement and speed up the process of realizing Vision 2016.

The Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, added his statement that, “the view of Federal Somali Government policy is ultimately eradicating terrorism, fear, poverty and bringing prosperity to the Somali people.”

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud received the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou at his office in Villa Somalia on Monday.

The Somali President and Ambassador Sidikou discussed a wide range of issues including how the Federal Government of Somalia can implement federalism in the country which is crucial for achieving Vision 2016 goals. President Hassan underlined that the parliament, other government departments, as well as civil society, are taking on initiatives that will steer the nation to Vision 2016. Sidikou welcomed the progress on political stability and noted the key victories made by the Somali National Army (SNA) backed AMISOM troops.

“The international community will support Somali government to rebuild the nation,” Sidikou said.


 The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou welcomed the progress in Somalia and said:

“I am a football fan and I strongly believe sports can play a major role in integration of Somali youth. Football is being revitalised in Somalia. Huge fans gather in sports venues in Mogadishu everyday and this shows that peace is restored.”

Meanwhile: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud lashed out following the call by Somali leaders in northern Kenya to shut down the refugees camps and repatriate Somali refugees. Leaders in sections of northern Kenya accused the refugees camps of hosting terrorists, and have demanded the closure of the refugees camps in Dadaab. Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp, located in an arid portion of northeastern Kenya near the Somali border, with over half a million Somali refugees living in the camp. While addressing the media, the president said the refugees camps have nothing to do with terrorism, adding the camps have no relationship with terrorism. President  Hassan also said Al-Shabaab’s main mission is to divide people along religious lines, and called on people not to allow that to happen.

The call to close refugees camps has intensified, after Al-Shabaab militants stormed Garissa College University, killing more than 147 people and injuring 79 others in a siege that lasted more than 12 hours.

The Kenyan government has repeatedly said that refugees camps pose a threat to its security, and that they are not willing to continue to hosting Somali refugees. Early this year, UNHCR started a voluntary repatriation process with several Somali families returning home with their help.


Photo: The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou, strongly condemns the barbaric killing of  Kenyan Students in Garissa University.

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