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Somali President In Brussels For EU-Africa Summit

Apr 02, 2014

Somali President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud is in Brussels where he is attending the European Union and African heads of states summit which kicked off in Brussels today. Some African presidents boycotted the meeting while some others including Omar Al Bashir were not invited.

President Hassan is amongst 80 heads of states who gathered in Brussels today for the two-day summit which will discuss various issues such as economic growth, security, education and other key sectors.

Somali president is expected to address the summit, to brief the 80 heads of states on the latest developments in Somalia. Including the recent security operations by Somali forces and AU peacekeepers who ousted the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militants from more lands in south-Central Somalia.

Foreign affairs and international cooperation minister Abdirahman Duale Beyle told the media that during his stay in Brussels President Hassan will hold meetings with different world leaders to discuss with them on the strengthening of relations between Somalia and the rest African and European Union countries.

Four African Presidents are missing from the Summit. They are President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Omar Al Bashir of Sudan and Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was invited to the meeting but said he had no interest for such summit.

President Zuma of South Africa also boycotted to attend, while Eritrean and Sudanese presidents were not invited.

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