Somalis sign Saudi-brokered reconciliation deal

Leaders of Somalia's transitional government signed a reconciliation agreement under the auspices of the Saudi king, news reports said Monday.

Somalis sign Saudi-brokered reconciliation deal
Leaders of Somalia's transitional government signed a reconciliation agreement under the auspices of the Saudi king, news reports said Monday.

The agreement was signed by the concerned parties in Jeddah under the patronage of King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz on Sunday, Saudi news agency SPA reported.

The agreement comes after an inconclusive reconciliation meeting that was held in the Somali capital Mogadishu in August. The Islamist opposition boycotted the meeting.

Leaders of Somalia's Ethiopian-backed transitional government signed the Jeddah agreement. Details have not been disclosed.

Saudi Arabia urged all parties to respect the agreement and back assurances given by Somali President Abdullah Yusif Ahmad for replacing foreign troops with Arab and African troops, SPA said.

The Islamic Courts Union controlled parts of Somalia until it was ousted by Ethiopian and Somali government troops last year.

Saudi Arabia is a regional power that plays a high-profile role as a political broker in Middle Eastern and Arab affairs. Somalia is a member of the Arab League.

DPA
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