EAC starts Verification Mission to assess Somalia’s readiness to join the bloc

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MOGADISHU [SMN] – The EAC launched today the Verification Mission to assess the Federal Republic of Somalia’s readiness to join the EAC after a long-standing application.

 

A verification team is in Mogadishu which comprises Senior officials from all EAC Partner States and held a meeting with Somalia’s minister of foreign affairs and other officials.

Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affair & International Cooperation Abshir Omar Haruse and Abdulsalam Omer, Special Envoy of the President of Somalia to EAC reiterated the country’s keenness to join the east African bloc.

The mission is chaired by Tiri Marie Rose from the Republic of Burundi.

“Somalia has the longest national coastline of over 3,000 km in Africa, linking Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, which the region can tap into to increase intra-regional trade and improve the lives of East Africans,” EAC SG Peter Mutuku Mathuki.

“Somalis are already present in the EAC. The Somalis started integrating with their brothers and sisters of the region way before the request of formalizing the decision of joining the EAC,” Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Abshir Omar.

In July 2022, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended the EAC meeting in Arusha Tanzania as a chief guest, where he said it will be a dream come true for Somalia to join the bloc.

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