On February 4, on the sidelines of the 35th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov met with President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. During the conversation, M.A. Mohamed shared his assessments and thoughts in connection with the emerging socio-political situation in Somalia at the final stage of the parliamentary elections.
The Russian side confirmed its consistent and principled support for the efforts of the Somali leadership to form democratic institutions of power in the Federal Republic of Somalia in the interests of ensuring security and maintaining lasting civil peace in the country.
When discussing the prospects for intensifying Russian-Somali cooperation in various fields, the intention of Moscow and Mogadishu to deepen political dialogue and promote possible joint projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure and agriculture was stated. Particular attention was paid to the tasks of increasing the effectiveness of the fight against international terrorism in the region.