The High Representative/Vive-President Federica Mogherini spoke today with the new President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo ahead of his inauguration on 22 February.
Mogherini wished him every success for his mandate and welcomed the peaceful transition. She added that she was confident that the President will ensure a smooth and conciliatory government formation process for the sake of progress in Somalia. She also commended the President's commitment to stamp out corruption.
The HRVP reiterated that the European Union will remain engaged as Somalia urgently needs to develop its security sector, deliver an economic reform that addresses high levels of corruption as well as complete the constitutional review. In this context, the European Union supported stipends to 6800 police have just been paid. The HRVP also expressed to the President the commitment of the European Union to help Somalia address the effects of the drought and avert the declaration of famine. The European Union is currently mobilising support to address the current famine amounting to a total of about €100 million. In coordination with international partners, the EU plans to reinforce its response through the mobilisation of additional aid.
The HRVP Mogherini agreed with President Farmaajo to continue working closely together.