Somalia’s president meets the US secretary of state on the sidelines of the US-Africa summit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin (proper) meet with Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum through the 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

Washington (AX) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the US-African Leaders Summit in Washington, hosted by President Biden.

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Tuesday’s assembly, which was additionally attended by Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, centered on regional stability and coordination of humanitarian assist.

The leaders emphasised the affect of terrorism on the event and stability of the continent whereas applauding the numerous achievements of the Somali forces in liberating the Center Shabelle and Hiraan areas.

President Mohamud mentioned the extreme affect of the drought on the lives of the Somali folks and the way local weather change is a significant factor on this. He praised the joint plans based mostly on local weather cooperation, the place the Somali authorities prioritized environmental safety and local weather adaptation.

A brand new report launched Tuesday by the United Nations and different specialists says greater than 8 million persons are severely meals insecure as Somalia faces “an unprecedented level of need” after 5 failed wet seasons in a row and “exceptionally high” meals costs. 1000’s of individuals have died.

Somalia has not but fallen into famine, however a number of elements of the nation are susceptible to it within the coming months, in accordance with a brand new meals safety report on the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in a long time.

The leaders recommended the efforts of the Somali authorities in its improvement imaginative and prescient and the ahead steps based mostly on good neighborliness, cooperation, financial, safety and political integration.

Vice President Kamala Harris opened the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on Tuesday by highlighting Africa’s youthful inhabitants — making the case that the continent’s demographics will inevitably lead it to grow to be a significant world participant within the coming a long time.

President Joe Biden, who is because of meet with leaders on Wednesday, signed an govt order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement. The African diaspora contains almost 2 million African immigrants and plenty of African-American descendants of enslaved individuals who have shut ties to the continent.

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