Somalia president arrives in Garowe , receives warm welcome

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Somalia president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Sunday arrived in Puntland’s Garowe town following an expected two-day visit to the state.

The president along top Gov’t officials including his entourage has been received by the state president Abdiwali Mohamed Ali Gaas at the airport.

Hundreds of regional security forces backing by federal troops have been assigned to secure the city during the president’s stay as he was scheduled to open Garowe’s main airport.

A private plane carrying the president touched down at the airport before he shook hands with state officials and meet with crowds of residents that come out to welcome him.

Officials at the airport said that president will be holding meetings with regional officials after airport’s opening ceremony and will further discuss on issues concerning security and collaborations with the higher state officials.

Somalia president will also be attending President Gaas’s fourth presidential anniversary which is set to take place at the statehouse on Monday night.

President Farmaajo’s visit to Puntland marks the first since he was elected as the nation’s president last year.

Faysal M. Hassan