Mogadishu – Southwest President Abdilaziz Laftagareen arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday following an invite from the Ethiopian authorities to focus on ongoing safety operations.
President Laftagareen’s journey got here days after he visited Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern state.
Political insiders say relations between the South West Regional State and Somalia’s federal authorities are rocky. Some say the latest appointment of former Al-Shabaab chief Mukhtar Robow, who as soon as ran for president within the southwestern state towards Laftagareen, to Somalia’s federal cupboard this week can have performed a function within the strained relations.
Somalia’s former authorities led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo positioned Robow below four-year home arrest after violent protests erupted in Baidoa when he was eliminated as a candidate.
Laftagareen was an in depth political ally of former Somali President Abiy Ahmed.
Relations between Somalia and Ethiopia, as soon as bitter regional rivals, warmed significantly with the emergence of Abiy Ahmed as Ethiopia’s chief, forming a tripartite alliance with Somalia and Eritrea. However, it’s unclear the place the 2 East African nations now stand diplomatically with the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who’s working to re-engage worldwide companions which were rejected in recent times.