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Somalia’s president recently held first-ever meeting with Israeli PM

By Raphael Ahren

NAIROBI, Kenya – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently met with the president of Somalia in a first high-level contact between the two countries, a source close to the Somali leader told The Times of Israel.

Israel does not have diplomatic relations with the East African nation, which has a population of some 11 million. Somalia, a mostly Sunni Muslim country and a member of the Arab League, has never recognized the State of Israel.

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Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud, in his presidential office at Villa Somalia, Mogadishu. (AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE / Wikipedia)

Two weeks ago, a report on the Caasimada Online, a news website operated by journalists opposed to the Somali regime, stated that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and three other Somali officials came to Tel Aviv on a short visit and met there with Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.

A senior official close to Mohamud confirmed to The Times of Israel that the meeting took place, though the official could not say whether it was held in Tel Aviv.

Another meeting between the two leaders is planned for the near future, the senior official said.

The source said there was also a lower-level official meeting in Jerusalem in December, involving representatives from the Israeli economy ministry and officials from Somalia.

Mohamud, who took office in 2012, is considered by some to be a reformer. In 2013, he was featured in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. “The leader of Somalia’s first constitutional government in 20 years, President Mohamud symbolizes an increasingly confident Africa that is shedding its long history of strife and moving toward greater stability and prosperity,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame wrote at the time.

Israeli officials on Tuesday refused to comment on the matter.

Netanyahu on Tuesday neither confirmed or denied a meeting with Mohamud in Tel Aviv. Responding to a question from The Times of Israel during a briefing with reporters, he replied: “I don’t want to answer your specific question. I can merely say that we have lot of contacts with countries that we don’t have formal relations with. A lot of contacts.”

Netanyahu is currently on a tour through four countries in Eastern Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, which borders Somalia.

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Source: The Times of Israel

 

  • Mohamed Yare

    I wonder what the reaction would have been if it was Silanyo who met Netanyahu! Articles and comments would have been flying all over the net. Lol. Where are the groups who were criticizing Anderson Cooper’s visit to Hargeisa. Now that the Somali gov officially accepted LGBT rights, would they apologize to Mr. Cooper? Lol Geel-jire hypocrisy unfolding before our eyes. Looool

    • Wiil Waal

      Immisaa nacnacdan lagugu siiyaa dhabano hays baa iga soo hadhaye? Gabadhii aad u gefteyna raalli gelin ka bixi waayo forumkan waa ka reebban tahay in gabadh lagu caayo.

      • Mohamed Yare

        Haddana ma taasaad keentay, inaad fascist state meeshan ka dhigto oo dadka afka qabato? Ma waxaad leedahay qof office holder ah oo weird political move sameeyey lama dhaliili karo? Midna aan kuugu daree, waa tee diinta kuu sheegtay inaad dad iyo qabiilo maalin kasta defamation ku samayso dadka qaarna aan dhaliili karin? Adigoo kale waaye dhibku.lol Ma ninkaaga culimadii Siyaad Bare xasuuqay 70s kii taageeray baa dad wacdinaya? AAKHIRU SAMAAN! Dhiiga jacaylka xaggeed ka keentay, ma Latino blood baa kugu Jira, oh, that is not politically correct, my bad!

        • Wiil Waal

          Horta, Ciid mubaarak! Ilaa caawa wuxuun baad marba dabada kaga sii daraysaaye is deji oo talada aan ku siiyey qaado, gabadha walaasheena ee aad u geftayna raalli gelin ka bixi.

          • Mohamed Yare

            Ciid Mubaarak. Brother ” gefka” aad sheegaysaa muxuu yahay? Ogow qofkan office ka haysaa, adiguu kuu shaqeeyaa. Shaqadiisa oo critique lagu sameeyo maaha gef. The information I comment on isn’t a conspiracy theory, its an official government policy. Sow taan u haystay inaad ” equality” rabtay, ma waxaad leedahay office ka gabar loo dhiboo lagama hadli koro? Walee Wiil-waaloow, intii hore Qabiil mindi-mindi ku taagtii ayaan u daafad la’ayne, hadii ay political correctness iyo fascism inoogu darsantana, Illahay baan leenahay. Hadda 30% kootaduna, dee waa khasab aan baryo lahayn. Sidii waagii hore maaha, hadda “change” wayn baa socda. Halkaana arintu ku joogsan mayso. Xitaa hadii doorasho qof iyo cod aha la tago, still kootooyin baa Jiri doona. lol Kusoo dhawoow Dimuquraadiyada cusub!

    • Mo Yabarag

      Mohamed yare – Egal tried to do just that but failed. Ahmed Siilaanyo would love to meet anyone, let alone Netanhahu, coz nobody else would meet a regional governor masquerading as a president.