MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – A delegation of Somali upper house of federal parliament is expected to visit the port city of Kismayo on Thursday.
Led by their speaker Abdi Hashi Abdullahi, the high-level delegation is scheduled to meet the President of Jubbaland Ahmed Mohamed Islam and senior regional state officials.
The visit is part of mediation efforts to end the dispute between the federal government in Mogadishu, and regional state administrations that emerged early this year.
Late November, the upper house conflict resolution committee presented contentious points that are the backbone to a disagreement between the federal government and federal member states for review.
In response, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre appointed four ministers in his cabinet to closely cooperate with the Somali upper house to end the political standoff.
Somali regional state administrations announced to have suspended ties with the federal government on September this year.
They accused the federal government of failing to fulfill its responsibilities towards federal member states and securing the nation against threats posed by the armed group al Shabaab.
The president of Hirshabelle state of Somalia, Mohamed Abdi Ware has changed his stance and announced cooperation with the government for what he described as putting the interest of the residents first, his southwest state counterpart Sharif Hassan Aden stepped down ahead of elections.