Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the president of Somalia, was received by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday in Riyadh. During their meeting, they talked about deepening bilateral ties and stepping up cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Somalia.
For their successes in the struggle against al Shabab, the Somali government forces and the local clan militia groups received accolades from Crown Prince Mohammed. He pledged his entire support for the administration and the Somali people.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud thanked the Saudi government and people for their support of the Somali people and government and stated that the Federal Government of Somalia places a high priority on fostering good relations with other nations.
The two sides emphasized the need for stability in the nation on the Horn of Africa and the need to defeat the Al-Qaeda-affiliated armed group al Shabab, which has lost hundreds of villages over the past six months to the forces of the Somali government and local clan militias.
Several heads of state, including President Mohamud, attended the Arab-Chinese Summit in Riyadh as Arab nations sought to enhance collaboration with China and enter a new chapter of relationship.
Chinese President Xi Jinping stated on Friday that China is prepared to help Somalia in any way it can with its reconstruction and social and economic development. He also encouraged businesses in the two nations to look into possible areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fisheries, and health.
“The Chinese side has long supported the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and actively encouraged the international community to support and help Somalia,” Xi said. “The Chinese side always supports Somalia in preserving its sovereignty, dignity, and territorial integrity.
Mohamud added that the two countries’ relations have a long history and that they have always been built on mutual respect and understanding ever since their diplomatic connections were established in 1960.