Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Somalia: Puntland president held meetings with US officials in Nairobi

The president of Somalia's Puntland State government has held meetings with US foreign Affairs officials led by US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger.

The meeting, which was held in US Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi on Monday, was focused on cooperation between Puntland and US in social welfare, fight against piracy and insecurity in Puntland state.

Several US foreign affairs officials are in Nairobi to assess the security situation in the Horn of African nation and American assistance to the fragile UN-backed Somali government.

Puntland President Abdirahman Mohammed Farole and his delegation have also held talks with US Congressman Donald M. Payne who is the Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Africa and Global Health under the aegis of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Situation in Somalia particularly Puntland was the focal point of the meeting, which was held in Nairobi’s Intercontinental.

Payne praised Puntalnd state for its efforts to fight the piracy menace in the region and passing the budget, which he termed as important step for realisation of development in the region.

The meeting between Payne and Puntalnd president is a follow up to the Farole’s recent visit to US, which allowed the international community to directly cooperate with Puntland.

President Farole is scheduled to meet with Somali government officials, Diaspora Puntland and Somali Diaspora.

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