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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WELCOME THE OUTCOMES OF CONSULTATIONS LED BY THE PRESIDENT WITH FEDERAL MEMBER STATE LEADERS

Somalia’s international partners welcome the decisions taken by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) at the recent two-day consultation meeting in Mogadishu. The United Nations, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), Italy, Ethiopia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America all express their support for the outcome of these constructive discussions.

International partners commend the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Government and Federal Member States for the political process they have achieved on a broad range of issues including national security, drought response, and the fight against corruption.

“I welcome in particular the agreement reached on the key points of a Somali national security architecture. The National Security Council chaired by the President, whose members include regional leaders, will now have a critical role in driving progress,” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating. “This agreement marks a major milestone for Somalia. It is a cornerstone of the federal state building process and is a basis upon which strengthened security can be built.”

International partners are committed to working together to provide coherent support to the achievement of the government’s priorities, including drought response and recovery, increasing revenues and fighting corruption, and a comprehensive approach to security.

Facebook recognized SNTV facebook account and will include in the presentation at Facebook annual conference.

Mogadishu, 17 April 2017 – Somali National TV (SNTV) has received a formal request from Facebook to use one of SNTV social media videos in a presentation at Facebook annual conference.

HE Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), Minister of Information of the Federal Republic of Somalia said “The Federal Government of Somalia appreciates the key role that our Somali National TV (SNTV) and its social media accounts play to our citizens and indeed to our world citizens. SNTV is very grateful and honored to have received this formal request from Facebook. This shows the importance of social media in Somali contexts and beyond. Somalis are an oral society, therefore, media plays a pivotal role to the development of the society.”

Facebook is having their F8 developer conference on April 18th and 19th, where they’ll be announcing new products and educating developers and publishers on how to best use Facebook’s tools. Facebook said “We would love to potentially show assets that include your [SNTV] brand during our conference.”

Facebook further requested from SNTV to agree and have all rights required to allow FB to use the 

Asset: Presidential Inauguration Video, https://www.facebook.com/sntvnews/videos/1352957151431740/
Facebook may show SNTV asset in the content and experience of F8 in the following ways:
• Shown during a relevant conference session or keynote (the session may also be live streamed, and will be recorded and made available externally)
• As part of a demo station for products at the conference
• Featured in F8-related marketing and promotional content

Conference Dates: April 18th & 19th
Audience: developers, publishers, and tech press attending or live-streaming Facebook’s F8 conference

Please tune in to follow the event via social media accounts.

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Ministry of Information & Public Awareness
Federal Republic of Somalia
media@moi.gov.so

Somalia Statement on Turkey’s referendum on Sunday

17 April 2017, Mogadishu, Somalia – The Government and People of the Federal Republic of Somalia congratulate the Turkish Government and People on the positive outcome of Sunday’s referendum on their future political governance. We congratulate H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the referendum success which he led for a stronger and even more prosperous Turkey. We are confident under his proven leadership Turkey will continue to progress and prosper.

Turkey is a valuable ally, friend and supporter of Somalia with whom we seek to strengthen our bilateral ties even further. The Government and People of Somalia wish the greatest of success, progress and prosperity for Turkey and its brotherly people who have chosen a new path of governance.

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Ministry of Information
Federal Republic of Somalia
media@moi.gov.so or

SRSG KEATING CONDEMNS INCREASED ATTACKS AGAINST CIVILIANS

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities.

In the past ten days, at least a dozen attacks have been claimed by or attributed to Al-Shabaab and resulted in 28 civilian deaths and 31 injured. These were launched in civilian areas, turning restaurants, markets and minibuses into scenes of bloodshed and suffering.

“Attacks on civilians are unjustifiable. It is particularly upsetting that so many women and children have lost their lives. This is a perverse and inhumane way to make a political point and achieved nothing. It should stop immediately,” said SRSG Keating.

Al-Shabaab has demonstrated its intent and capacity to conduct large-scale violence with a clear intent to cause mass casualties. So far in 2017, 337 people were killed or injured by 87 IED incidents. The vast majority of which resulted in civilian deaths and injuries. Civilian casualties from IEDs have increased by over 50% since this time in 2015.

SRSG Keating extends his deep condolences to the families and friends of all those who have suffered and lost loved ones.

Somali National Army celebrate its 57th anniversary

The date is twelfth April the year 2017 and the day is Wednesday. This day means a lot to the somalis all over the world.

There are several celebration days like world children day, Valentine day, international day of African child and so many others, but today is a day for the Somali National Army to celebrate. It is the day when the Somali National Army came into existence.

The National Army was established on 12th April, 1960 and today, it is the 57th anniversary the National Army are commemorating.

The celebration is taking place all over the state governments across the country

Mohamed bin Zayed receives President of Somalia

ABU DHABI, 10th April, 2017 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received, at the Qasr Al Bahr Palace, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, who is currently visiting the country.

His Highness welcomed President Farmajo and his accompanying delegation, and they discussed the fraternal relations between both countries and the means of strengthening and developing these relations to serve their common benefits.

During the meeting, areas of co-operation between the two countries in different fields were demonstrated, including a number of development projects by the UAE for the Somalian people to rebuild and build Somalian national institutions and offer community and charity support.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was informed by President Farmajo about the Somalian government’s efforts to combat terrorism and fight local terrorist organisations and groups, maintaining the security and stability of Somalian land.

President Farmajo expressed the deep appreciation of the Somalian people for the UAE’s constant support that contributed in supporting the stability of Somalia, while highlighting that the UAE’s positive position is valued, appreciated and present in the memory of the Somalian people.

He expressed his appreciation for the leadership of the UAE and its constant support for the Somalian people, even in their darkest times, and he greatly valued the positive and friendly communication of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Somalia and its people.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will continue to support Somalia and assist in building its national institutions to support its security, stability and development. His Highness wished the Somalian people all that is good and advanced, and to achieve their aspirations and hopes through co-operation, integration and their national advantages.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan pointed out the UAE’s continuing commitment for its historic relations with the Somalian people, and its support for the efforts of President Farmajo in striving for security, stability and development.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince’s Court in Abu Dhabi.

Attending from the Somalian side were Youssef Gharad, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Abdulqader Moallem Nour, Minister of Presidential Affairs; Hassan Sheikh Ali, National Security Consultant, as well as a number of officials. The meeting was also attended by Mohammed Ahmed Othman Al Hammadi, UAE Ambassador to Somalia, and Abdel Qadir Shaikhi Mohammed Al Hatemi, Somalia’s Ambassador to the UAE.

 

President Farmaajo declares war on Alshabab, calls on the public to support security agencies

Mogadishu, 6 April 2017- The president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has declared the country is in a state of war with the terror group Alshabab and has asked the Somali people to stand with the country’s security agencies in their fight against the terrorists.

“I declare we are in a state of war with Alshabab, this war would no longer be one-sided. I order the security forces to be alert and take part in pacifying the country. This won’t be a war for only the security agencies, we want the public to stand by us.”

The president also gave an ultimatum of 60 days to the youth fighting for Alshabab to surrender and be part of the government’s rehabilitation program.

“I want to call on the Somali youth misled by Alshabab to denounce violence, and the government would welcome them, educate them and create job opportunities for them. I tell them they have 60 days of amnesty, make use of it.”

President Farmaajo said the country faces the triple threats of terrorism, corruption and poverty. He asked for concerted efforts from all sectors to face these threats.

The president also sent his condolences to the families and friends of the innocent people who lost their lives in yesterday’s terror attack in Mogadishu and prays for all those injured in that cowardly attack.

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For more information, please contact

Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed,
Director of Communications,
Office of the President

Will Somali PM’s Soma Oil agenda going to be the beginning and the end of Farmajo’s administration?

Does Britain have a hidden agenda in the upcoming London conference? Are they taking advantage of the lack of institutions in Somalia?

Britain, being a colonial master, understands that the country has been faced with progressive clan balkanization. Britain also understands that in the Somali institutions, no one expects certain standards of behaviour from others; everyone in the public sector acts on narrow self-interest. The ongoing dilemmas and obstacles to progress in both the public and private sectors are really the result of the behaviour and attitudes of the entire pool of public servants, proxy government employees, the few well-connected entrepreneurs, journalists, civil society, and the traditional leaders. They seem to understand that they are dealing with, or for that matter,managing an entire new elite incapable of questioning anything.They also understand that Somali leaders are hardly concerned with economic policy implementation or enforcing governance benchmarks and constitutionalism.
Painful as it is, corrupt British leaders also understand that Somalia’s public servants, in particular, the so-called regional presidents – Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Silanyo), Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gas), Ali Abdullahi Osoble (Ali Amore), Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden (Sakin), and Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) – have little affinity for the type of clan pluralistic democratic practices and respect for fundamental human rights expected of them. But it is not without basis to say that this is occurring subtly while pandering to Western countries, in particular, Britain and its lobby to gain power and prestige. That leaves us Somali people stuck with utterly corrupt Western leaders – Rt Hon. The Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC – who remain imprisoned by intellectual constructs that depict us Somalis as helpless victims for British elites and its organizations to rescue. It is striking that such a high achiever, Lord Howard,who often talks so loudly of the benefits of a strong foundation of democracy and liberty, has acted, in the case of Soma Oil & Gas, in a manner counter to his self-proclaimed title as one of the leading democratic persons.
Who is in charge in Somalia?Lord Howard or the Somali Parliament?

Having intact, well-run, informal clan institutions is nevertheless where the confusion begins, and it is clear that currently the contemporary system is in the hands of the clan system and is governed by that mindset. The government organization is a purely superficial set-up; it continues in the same vein as many other things in Somalia, which is “keeping up appearances”.Because of this confusion of the two systems, it is important that the clan representatives, the parliamentarians,dictate the terms in regards to the upcoming conference and its agenda (security, humanitarian development and political process, including Soma Oil& Gas) not Rt The Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC, former Prime Minister David Cameron, incumbent Prime Minister Theresa Mayand their Somali cronies, former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the incumbent premier Hassan Ali Khaire. Actions on these utterly corrupt Somali and Britishleaders’ hidden agenda will lead to the perpetual suspicion of the London conference.
The blaming of Britain’s condescending behaviour rages on. But while it does, these historical missteps are not the sole causes of Somalia’s problems today. They cannot be reduced to a simple construct that merits blame. Western corrupt leaders and their organizations cannot be made responsible for the failure of the Somali system of governance to transform itself into a proper functioning system. What piffle this is. Meanwhile, public servants at every level have been taking the convenient and most expedient way out of a difficult time for the country. British leaders are deliberately thriving from such ugly and insulting double standard policies behind the scene.
It boggles the mind that the so-called populist leader, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo), supposedly concerned about shared values, goals, and responsibilities, can be so indifferent to the point where he strays from purer, defensive motives he claims to have had when he took over the government a month ago. This is an especially gripping drama when such populist leader continuously tries to signal his eagerness to collaborate with questionable double-standard foreign policies – the London Conference –which advances a few powerful corrupt British elites’ hidden principles and who often do not move away from on-size-fits-all prescriptions. The British elites’ actions always diminish any hope of probity, good work and involvement in the construction of independent Somalia.
Recommendation

In a nutshell, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (aka Farmaajo) together with Somali Parliamentarians should bring on board the below suggested honorable Somali individuals to take part in the upcoming conference in London so they can participate in the process. Somalia, the only failed state in the world, has never received guidance from their own home-grown leaders and experts, although it is in dire need of such an intervention. Input from these Somali high caliber individuals would be much more effective than the blatant corrupt Lord Howard and his Somali cronies who will eventually prove ineffective.In the event that the British government fails to invite the below mentioned Somali high caliber individuals to the upcoming conference, then I urge the Somali parliament (if any dignity is left in it)to boycott such events. The Somali parliamentarians should send a clear signal to the international community, in particular, the British government, that “Somalia is not for sale”.
SOMALIA
LEADERS OF DELEGATION
DELEGATE NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Delegate Ali Mahdi MuhammadFormer President of Somalia Abgaal Mogadishu London
Delegate Abdiqasim Salad HassanFormer President of Somalia Habargedir Cairo London
Delegate Sharif Sheikh AhmedFormer President of Somalia Abgaal Abu Dhabi/Mogadishu London

Alternate Ali Khalif GaleydhFormer Prime Minister of Somalia Dhulbahante Lascanod London
Alternate Hassan Abshir Farah Majertein Mogadishu London
Alternate Nur Hassan Hussein (Adde) Abgaal London London
Alternate Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Marehan Cairo/Nairobi London
Alternate Mohamed Abdi YusufFormer Prime Minister Ortoble Mogadishu London
Alternate Salim Aliyow IbrowFormer Acting Prime Minister Jiido Mogadishu/Sydney London
Alternate Amb. Abdullahi Sheikh IsmaelFormer Ambassador to Tunisia and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Biimaal Mogadishu London

SOMALIA
PARTIES AND POLTICAL MOVEMENTS
NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Abdiaziz Mohamud MohamedReform Alliance for Justice and Openness ( RAJO ) Majertein Bosasso/ Mogadishu London
Adviser Ahmed Ma’alin FiqiDaljir Party Habargedir Mogadishu/Adaado London
Adviser Abdi Ismael SamantarHiil Qaran Party Gadubursi Pretoria/Mogadishu London
Adviser Mohamed Nur TarzanJustice & Community Party Ojeejeen Mogadishu London
Adviser Abdirahman Abdishakur WarsameWadajir Party Habargedir Mogadishu London
Adviser Abdirahman BaadiyowNational Unity Party Abgaal Mogadishu London

SOMALIA
FINANCE ADVISERS
ADVISER NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Abdullahi Ahmed AddouFormer Ambassador to US and Former Minister of Finance Habargedir Virginia/Mogadishu London
Adviser Mohamed Yusuf WeyrahFormer Minister of Finance Majertein Qardho London
Adviser Abdullahi Osoble SiadFormer Minister of Telecom Hawadle London London
Adviser Abdullahi WarsameFormer Minister of Revenue Abgaal Columbus London
Adviser Abdulkadir Aden Mohamed (Jingeli)Former Chairman of Development Bank Marehan Seattle London
Adviser Yusur AbrarFormer Governor of Central Bank Gadubursi Columbus London

SOMALIA
FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL LAW ADVISERS
ADVISER NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Mona Al-SharmaniSenior Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Somali Arab New York London
Adviser Ismail Mahmud Hurre (Buubaa)Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Issak Hargeisa London
Adviser Amb. Fadumo Issak BihiFormer Ambassador to Switzerland Marehan Columbus London
Adviser Amb. Said Mohamed Haji (Dhere)Former Ambassador to France Dhulbahante Mogadishu London
Adviser Amb. Mohamed Haji NurFormer Ambassador to United States of America Dhulbahante Virginia London
Adviser Shamso Mohamed Haji (Dhere)Former Ambassador to Arab League Dhulbahante Mogadishu London
Adviser Amb. Mohamud Mohamed TifowAmbassador to Germany Abgaal Berlin/Mogadishu London
Adviser Amb. Isse DhereFormer Ambassador to Iraq Abgaal Mogadishu London
Adviser Hussein Ali Duale (Awil)Former Ambassador to Kenya Issak Hargeisa London
Adviser Mohammed Ahmed AwilFormer ambassador to China Sure Nairobi/Mogadishu London

SOMALIA
SECURITY ADVISERS
ADVISER NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Gen. Muse Hassan Sheikh AbdulleFormer General Ogaden Mogadishu London
Adviser Gen. Mohamed SalahFormer General Murursade Virginia/Mogadishu London
Adviser Mohamed Ali SharmanFormer General Somali Arab Arizona London
Adviser Mohamed Adan BihiFormer General Marehan Ottawa/Mogadishu London

SOMALIA
SOMALI CRITICAL THINKERS
ADVISER NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Prof. Mohamed Haji Mukhtar Leysaan Savannah London
Adviser Prof. Mohamed Kasim Munye Reer Barava Toronto London
Adviser Mohamud Ali Geldon Warsangeli Wisconsin London
Adviser Prof. Afyare Abdi Elmi Hawadle Qatar London
Adviser Hamdi Mohamed, PhD Marehan Ottawa/Mogadishu London
Adviser Prof. Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed Hawadle Columbus London
Adviser Abdinur Sheikh Abdisalam O’Mohamud Marehan Toronto London
Adviser Eng. Faisal Roble Geri Kombe Los Angeles London
Adviser Liban Muse Boqor (Son of the late King of Haji Muse) Majertein Toronto/Dubai London
Adviser Mohamed Ali Geldon Warsangeli Minneapolis London
Adviser Abukar Arman Somali Arab Columbus London
Adviser Omer Addou Habargedir Stockholm/Mogadishu London
Adviser Abdihalim Abdirahman Dhulbahante Connecticut London

SOMALIA
CIVIL SOCIETY
ADVISER NAME CLAN RESIDENCE VENUE
Adviser Asha Gelle DirieFormer Chairperson of the Constitutional Review and Implementation Commission Majertein Garowe London
Adviser Rakiya OmaarDirector of the Human Rights Organization Africa Watch Issak Hargeisa London
Adviser Faduma Omar HashiFormer Chairwomen Somali Women’s Organization and former Somali Parliament Member Others Virginia London
Adviser Raqia Haji Du’aleFormer Deputy Minister of Health Issak Virginia London
Adviser Dr. Hawa Abdi DhiblaweDr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) Xaskul Hawiye Mogadishu London
Adviser Hawo Aden MohamedKalkacyo Education Center for Peace and Development Majertein Kalkacyo London
Adviser Fatima JibrellExecutive Director of the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Warsangeli Baran London
Adviser Halima Jama AfrahMember of IFCC Marehan Mogadishu London
Adviser Fartun Abdisalam Haji AdanElman Peace and Human Rights Center Habargedir Mogadishu London

Abdirazak Fartaag, is the Chief Executive Officer at Fartaag Research & Consulting, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He can be reached at: info@fartaagconsulting.com

 

Press Statement on the 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League

Amman (29 March, 2017)- President of Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abduallahi Farmaajo, in a written speech distributed to the leaders of the Arab world attending at 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League, discussed Somalia’s progress, priorities and remaining challenges going forward.

The president acknowledged that most of the Arab world is currently facing grave challenges stemming from the threats of insecurity, political upheaval and economic distress. In light of this, the President called on Arab leaders to unite to overcome these challenges and galvanize wide ranging support to safeguard the future of the Arab world and its citizens.

“We need to unite our efforts to overcome these challenges and galvanize support for our people and safeguard our future…We call for immediate end to the fighting and violence in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.”

President Farmaajo spoke of Somalia’s democracy as a sign of the potential for reform and progress within the country and good news within the Arab League.
“Though there are many challenges in the Arab world, it’s not all gloom. We had peaceful, free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia. That’s good news for a start,” said the President in his statement.

President Farmaajo advised Arab nations embroiled in conflicts to learn from Somalia’s experiences and acknowledge that the only viable solution to end the crises is to engage in dialogue.

The President acknowledged that Somalia is still facing enormous challenges, including a deadly drought that has led to and continues to lead to famine for many and the ever present and opportunistic and evil threat of international terrorism.
“The drought situation in Somalia has caused the death of millions of livestock, thus diminishing our strongest economic mainstay. More than 3 million people now face enormous risks, if immediate aid and support is not extended to them.’

The president said to mitigate the effects of the drought, there’s an immediate need to move quickly to alleviate hunger, as well as put in place mid-level and long term plans to find durable solutions.

“To overcome these challenges, we need to have realistic plans and unyielding support from our brothers and friends.”

The president also affirmed that terrorism has been the biggest threat to Somalia’s progress and stability for some time.

“Continuous terror attacks that cause ineffable loss of lives and destruction of property is the biggest affront to progress, stability and reconstruction in Somalia……terrorism has now become a fast growing tumor in almost all continents, unfortunately we had endured it longer than the rest. We call on the world to have a common position and unite efforts to combat the threat of terrorism.”

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For more information, please contact

Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed,
Director of Communications,
Office of the President

First direct flight from Mogadishu lands at JKIA after 10 years suspension

NAIROBI, 29 March 2017 (PSCU) – Direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi resumed today with the first commercial plane carrying 49 passengers from the Somali capital landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 1.00 p.m.

The re-launch of direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu was agreed upon at bilateral talks between Kenya and Somalia that were led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed during his first State Visit to Kenya last week.

Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia (Transport) and Joseph Nkaissery (Interior) were at hand to receive the first flight, marking the resumption of direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi after close to 10 years suspension.

CS Macharia said the historic resumption of direct flights between the two cities signalled a revitalization of cooperation between the two neighbouring countries, brimming with optimism that it would also enhance trade.

“For us in the transport sector, we have always been working to boost Nairobi’s position as a regional aviation hub,” said the Transport Cabinet Secretary.

For the last 10 years, flights from Mogadishu were landing at Wajir airport for thorough screening and vetting of passengers before proceeding to Nairobi.

“With the opportunities available in the region and the improved security environment and stability following the recent election of President Mohamed, the resumption of direct flights could not have come at a better time,” said CS Macharia.

CS Macharia said before the re-launch of the direct flights, the Government security agencies formed a multiagency team which travelled to Mogadishu to assess the security situation of the airport.

This was followed by the setting up of robust security arrangements at Mogadishu airport to oversee the flight routes and departure procedures in order to ensure the safety of passengers travelling between the two countries.

The Transport CS added that the various United Nations agencies operating out of Nairobi expressed satisfaction with the security measures put in place and support the re-opening of the route.

The said UN agencies have been yearning for the resumption of direct flights in order to enhance their operations between Mogadishu and Nairobi.

On his part, CS Nkaissery said robust security measures have been put in place in Mogadishu airport to ensure the safety of aircrafts.

He said Kenya and the Somali Governments have put a team in Mogadishu to oversee the security of the airport.

“Here in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that all aircrafts are fully inspected so that the status of our airport is not compromised,” said CS Nkaissery.

The Interior CS pointed out that the national security agencies have ensured that Mogadishu airport is fully secured and that all necessary measures are in place for smooth operations.

He expressed optimism that following the resumption of direct flights, many airlines will ply the Nairobi to Mogadishu.

Also present at the airport to receive the inaugural flight from Mogadishu was the acting Somalia Ambassador to Kenya Ali Mohamed Sheikh.