MOGADISHU [SMN] – A high-level delegation headed by Hamza Abdi Barre, the prime minister of Somalia jetted off to Cairo on Sunday morning, his office has confirmed.
Education minister Farah Abdulkadir seen sitting beside the PM on a plane leaving Mogadishu for Cairo, where the Somali delegation begins a three-day official visit.
During his stay, the premier is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouly to discuss the cooperation between the two nations.
In addition, the PM will tour Somalia’s embassy in Cairo and meet with the Somali community in Egypt before wrapping up the visit, according to the reports privy to the trip.
Egypt is among the Arab countries which developed closer relations with Somalia in recent years amid geopolitical competition in the strategic long-chaotic Horn of Africa nation.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh visited Cairo in July last year and reached an agreement with his counterpart Abdifatah el-Sisis.
Egypt provides military and humanitarian assistance to Somalia to help the country stand on its own feet again after three decades of bloody conflict, piracy, terrorism, and droughts.