Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2018

Somalia’s Senate speaker meets with new UN envoy in Mogadishu

Somali Upper House speaker, Abdi Hanshi on Wednesday received the newly appointed special representative of the Secretary-general for Somalia Nicholas Haysom at his office in Mogadishu.

The meeting held at the parliament building focused on security, the standoff between the federal government and the regional states and strengthening the relations between the Senate and UN, sources privy to the meeting confirmed.

The discussions were also attended by the first deputy speaker of the Senate, Abshir Mohamed Ahmed, other leaders and lawmakers from the upper house.
The new envoy, Mr. Haysom assumed office on 1st October in a handover ceremony held in New York.

Prior his arrival in Mogadishu, the UN envoy had pledged to cement the relations between the federal government and its member state saying the unity between the Federal and State Governments is vital for any meaningful progress in the Horn of the African nation.

“I think Somalia faces in the first instance a test of its ability to establish effective structures of governance,” said Haysom in an interview with UN news.

He added, “That includes some quite difficult hurdles including agreeing on a new constitution, modalities of elections and all of that will presuppose agreement between the moving parts which in this case is the federal government and the member states of Somalia on the nature of the federal framework they want to establish.”

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