Eritrean president pays first visit to Somalia

Eritrean, Somali presidents meet at presidential palace, discuss bilateral ties

Eritrean president pays first visit to Somalia

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Thursday paid his first-ever visit to Somalia.  

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed received the Eritrean president at Adan Adde International Airport in the capital Mogadishu.

According to a statement issued by presidential palace, the Eritrean president’s two-day state visit to Mogadishu came upon the invitation of the Somali president.

“I had very productive discussions with H. E President Isaias Afwerki. Strengthening our two countries’ bilateral relations is important and it’s necessary for the bright future we want to build together. 

"We are jointly embarking on a new era of regional cooperation on many fronts,” Mohamed said in a Twitter post.

It’s the first ever visit to Eritrean president to Somalia since its independence in 1991 from Ethiopia.