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President Farmajo returns to Mogadishu after attending the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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President Farmajo returns to Mogadishu after attending the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has on Monday returned to the capital Mogadishu after attending the AUSummit2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The President who spoke at the summit, delivered a keynote speech on the future of Somalia's security transition saying Somali Federal troops are ready to take over from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by the end of 2023. "Somalia is committed to taking responsibility for its national security and are fully prepared to implement the agreement reached between Somalia and the Peace and Security Council in January this year" said President Farmajo. The President also asserted that the Somali government has made tremendous achievement in the fight Al-Shabab militants saying the government has achieved immense gains in the fight against terrorism and called for unified front to combatting against insurgency in the region.   On the Sidelines of the Summit, President Farmajo met with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed and discussed how to strengthen relationship between the two countries. "President @M_Farmaajo held bilateral discussions with Ethiopian PM @AbiyAhmedAli on the sidelines of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union today. The leaders discussed how to further strengthen the political, security and economic relations between the two states" read a statement from his office. The President also held meeting with Zambia president and discussed ways of bolstering the bilateral relations between the two countries. "Zambia 🇿🇲 & Somalia hold a common place in the history of our continent owing to the shared Pan-African dream of our founding fathers. Our two leaders H.E @M_Farmaajo & @hhichilema of #Zambia held discussions to further strengthen ties & enliven this spirit for a greater Africa" said in a statement. President Farmajo had left Moqadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport on Friday morning while accompanied by senior government officials. The summit which ended on Sunday was attended by African leaders and other government dignitaries and tackled on reforming the African Union and implementing the organisation’s vision for 2063. The 35th round of the AU Summit also address the challenges facing the Continent amongst it being poverty, food insecurity and the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

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