Somali president describes his US visit as productive and positive

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Addis Ababa, 7 August 2014 (WIC) - Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud stated to have received a lot of positives from his meetings with US officials during his three-day stay in Washington for US-Africa Leaders Summit.

In an exclusive interview with Bar-kulan, the president said he was accompanied by five Somali ministers who have so far held talks with their US counterparts in Washington.

He said that his finance minister has met with World Bank officials and discussed various issues including financial support for developmental projects to be implemented in Somalia.
The president further said they have reached an agreement with the US officials over the training and logistical support for the Somali army. He also noted that the US had already provided support and training to the national army.

Meanwhile, the president stated that he is scheduled to meet with Somali community members in the US State of Minnesota to give latest updates of his country’s peace and political progress.

During his interview with Bar-kulan, the president raised the controversial issue surrounding Somalia’s maritime boundaries and said there are international laws which determine each country’s maritime boundaries adding that these laws cannot be violated.

He said that his government has made its position regarding the maritime boundaries very clear and will make it known to the public very soon. (BBC Somali)