MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is scheduled to visit Somalia for the first time in 25 years, Sudanese official confirmed.
Somali government on Sunday bade farewell to Sudanese outgoing ambassador whose tour of duty has come to an end.
Mohamed Yussuf Ibrahim is set to depart Somalia in the forthcoming days after completing a three-year tour of duty.
While bidding farewell to Mr. Ibrahim, Somali lawmaker, Mohamed Omar Dalha said Somalia and Sudan would continue cooperating in many sectors including trade, education, and security.
On his part, Mr. Ibrahim acknowledged Somali government’s commitment for transforming Somalia and reform of the security sector.
Mr. Ibrahim lamented missing the tour of Sudanese president who will pay an official state visit to Mogadishu.
“I am so happy about how you bade farewell to me but I am so disappointed missing the tour of President Omar al-Bashir who will be arriving in Somalia soon,” he said.
The relations between the two countries stretch back to decades.
After the start of the civil war in Somalia in 1991, Sudan maintained diplomatic relations with the Transitional National Government and its successor the Transitional Federal Government and supported Somali state-building and education initiatives.
The Sudanese authorities participated in various global summits in support of the Somalia peace process and hosted conferences including the Khartoum Conference in 2006.
It also organized diplomatic training for Somali government officials in conjunction with the Somali Institute for Diplomatic Studies.
The subsequent establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia in August 2012 was welcomed by Sudanese authorities, who re-affirmed Sudan’s continued support for Somalia’s government, its territorial integrity, and sovereignty.