Somali President in Ethiopia to strengthen ties

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday arrived in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, completing a tour of his country’s neighbourhood since he was elected in May.

Mohamud was received at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

According to the PM, the Somali leader was welcome “to the land of origins,” as Ethiopia often refers to the earlier discoveries of fossils of ancient man on its soil.

This visit could signal warmer ties between them.

Ethiopia had been the only country Mohamud had not visited since winning the election. This raised eyebrows with people speculating on whether the two countries’ relations.

President Mohamud had toured Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda and Egypt, renewing ties on each of the occasions and clarifying some controversies.