ABU DHABI, 22nd August, 2016 (WAM) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received here today at Al Bahr Palace, President of the Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is currently visiting the country.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi welcomed the Somali president and his accompanying delegation. They discussed ways to strengthen the existing fraternal relations between the two countries and peoples in various fields to serve the common interests.
During the meeting, the two parties also reviewed areas of co-operation between the two countries in economic, developmental, political and security aspects, as well as the projects offered by the UAE to support the Somali people in rebuilding their national and social institutions, and to achieve their aspirations in the construction, development and stability.
The Somali president briefed Sheikh Mohamed on the developments in the Somali arena, and the efforts of the government to fight terrorism and eliminate it in order to lay the foundations of stability and peace in Somali territory.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, backs the Somali people to ensure the security, stability, construction and development. He wished for Somalia and its people all the best and progress in peace-building and the promotion of security and stability.
The Somali president expressed his appreciation for the efforts undertaken by the UAE in Somalia, citing the humanitarian, development and economic assistance, which benefited the people of Somalia, and contributed significantly to the restoration of normalcy to most areas in Somalia. He added that the assistance also boosted the security and stability in the country and helped the Somali government, especially in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
They also discussed the latest regional and international developments as well as issues of common concern.
Among others present were H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council; Sheikh Abdul Qader Mohammed Hatami, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the UAE; a number of Sheikhs, officials and a group of citizens.