A delegation led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is expected to fly out to the Italian capital of Rome. According to a press release from Villa Somalia sent out to newsrooms today, the President will be in Rome, courtesy of invitation from his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella.
The two leaders will discuss on how to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries and other issues of mutual interest including the economy, security and politics: “Italy and Somalia share historic diplomatic and political ties and Rome remains crucial in the reconstruction process of our country,” the President said.
President Farmaajo is accompanied on the official state visit by Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Ahmed Isse Awad and other senior officials including his advisors. During the three-day state visit, the President and his delegation are also expected to meet representatives of the Somali diaspora community in Italy for discussions.
Italy, which colonized Somalia before according it independence in 1960s, has since lost influence in the country to Turkey, United States of America and the United Kingdom. However, Italy still helps to train Somali police.