Somali premier Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali held talks with the defence minister of Italy. The premier has been on an official visit to Italy where he was honoured with an official invitation by his Italian counterpart. Gianpaolo Di Paola and Dr. Abdiweli discussed key issues including the security matters of Somalia, the current state of the country and how the ministries of the two countries could team up for common good.
Dr. Abdiweli briefed the defence minister on the immense progress made on security including the liberation of Mogadishu, the Juba regions, Gedo region and Beledweyn, the progress on the National Security and Stabilization Plan and the greater efforts and operations to flush out al Shabaab from the country.
Defence minister Gianpaolo Di Paola welcomed the Somali prime minister stating that Italy government is keen on Somali issues and will help in anyway. Gianpaolo thanked Dr. Abdiweli for the tremendous and outstanding progress on security issues as well as collaborating with regional administration, reconciliation efforts, the drafting of the constitution and the implementation of the roadmap.
The two leaders agreed they will closely work together and that Italy will help the Somali army militarily including training of soldiers, energise and enliven the Somali Air Force, rebuild the Somali army and national security plan. Gianpaolo said he is happy to see the two ministries work together.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Somalia Abdiweli Mohamed Ali met with the director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo F. Nawanze and discussed on how to revitalise the relations between Somalia and IFAD, create development projects. The meeting was organised by the Somali ambassador to FAO Dr. Ibrahim Haji. Present at the meeting were the assistant minister for defence Atoosh, Somalia’s ambassador to Italy Nur Adde and other officials.
IFAD director thanked the Somalia Prime Minister, adding that IFAD will be more than ready to help Somalia on development projects in agriculture and fisheries. Kanayo stated that Somalia is owed 20 million and they are in consultations with Saudi Arabia on ways to repay the debt.
On similiar development, Premier Abdiweli addressed the Rome 3 students. Abdiweli stressed the importance of good governance and creation of government institutions in any governmental set up. He made an analogy of some Asian and African countries where outstanding developments were achieved. Consolidating the developments and progress made in Somalia will go a long way in achieving good governance and lasting peace in Somalia, the premier reiterated.