Mogadishu,Jun 30 2009 — Somalia’s transitional leader, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed led a delegation of Ministers and Parliamentarians to the Libyan city of Sirte on Monday for the summit of the New Economic Partnership of Africa’s Development.
The African Union Summit titled “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security” is scheduled for the July 1-3.
The summit is hosted by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who is said to strongly support the embattled government of Sheikh Sharif. Source closes to Sheikh Sharif also said the Libyan leader was in favour of President Obama’s military aid for the government of Somalia. Senior State Departments have reportedly admitted to have given Somalia military aid worth $10 million.
Somalia’s foreign Minister, Mr Mohammed Omar already flew into the city to set the stage for President Sheikh Sharif and his delegation.
President Sharif hopes to shore up ties with African leaders while there.
In a separate development, Somalia’s foreign minister, Mr Omar is said to have asked officials from UNDP’s Nairobi office to stop all financial and technical assistance to Somaliland’s government including training of police.
Mr Omar who hails from Somaliland himself is said to have angered his Prime Minister, Mr Omar Abdirashid Sharmake who is against any thing to sabotage relations between the Somali people. There is no confirmation from Somaliland’s government.