FM Demeke Mekonnen Holds Phone Talks With UNSOM Head (February 11, 2021)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen had a telephone conversation today with James Swan, the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

During their conversation, they exchanged information and views on the current situation in Somalia and the region in general.

James Swan briefed Demeke on the election process in Somalia, hopes and challenges, current political situation, security threats by the extremist group al-Shabab, and related concerns.

The two sides appreciated the efforts made by the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States and commended the achievements so far while stressing the need to continue dialogue and negotiation to resolve the remaining issues of differences.

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