Somali president arrived in South Africa for the swearing-in ceremony of President Cyril Ramaphosa which takes place Saturday at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane, Pretoria, journalist reports.
The plane carrying President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his delegation which left the country’s capital, Mogadishu on Friday morning touched down at an Airport in Johannesburg last night.
Farmajo is one of over a half-dozen African leaders and government representatives in town for the event. It is a rare trip outside of the East African region for a president who is on record as one of Africa’s most traveled.
The president who is accompanied by several ministers, including Ahmed Isse Awad, the minister of foreign affairs is expected to hold bilateral talks with counterparts and will also meet with the Somali community in South Africa.
Farmajo is set to travel to Saudi Arabia after Saudi King Salman on May 18 called for leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to meet for the emergency summits in Mecca on May 30.
The upcoming Mecca forums will discuss on escalating tensions in the Gulf and recent “sabotage” attacks on Saudi and Emirati oil tankers as well as drone strikes targeting Saudi oil pumping stations.