MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – United Nations (UN) envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Haysom has held talks with the leader of Galmudug state, Ahmed Guelleh Haaf in Galkayo town.
The discussions between the leaders have focused on the next steps of political dialogue with the federal government.
Francisco Madeira, the head of African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Galmudug Chief of Ministers, Mohamed Shakir Ali have also attended the meeting which took hours.
The sides have not yet issued statement about the outcome of the meeting.
The development comes on the heel of another meeting between UN envoy and the leader of Puntland state, Abdiweli Ali Gaas which took place in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland State.
They discussed how to improve relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and the country’s the Federal Member States, in light of recent political tensions.
“We looked at the ways in which both levels of government in Somalia can work together to achieve what Somalis want, which is peace and prosperity,” the UN official said, adding that the visit was an “important opportunity to underline that for Somalia to succeed everyone needs to work in the same direction.”
The UN envoy’s efforts come as the political impasse continues after leaders of five Somali regional states on Sept. 8 suspended relations with the central government due to lack of political and security progress in the Horn of Africa nation.
The leaders from Jubaland, Puntland, Southwest, Galmudug and Hirshabelle regions accuse the government of interfering with regional issues, failure to implement security architecture and not fulfilling political agreements.