The Seychelles’ Chair of the Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) undertook on 23rd and 24th July 2017 a goodwill mission to Mogadishu, capital of Somalia and the seat of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). Secretary of State, Ambassador Barry Faure, who occupies the seat on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles, said upon his return that he was very satisfied with the outcome and the warm hospitality of the FGS which had welcomed the visit and helped to plan it since the 20th CGPCS Plenary earlier this month in Mauritius. It was an opportunity for the CGPCS to reiterate its solidarity towards, and confidence in, the newly-elected FGS, as well to take note of the noticeable progress that is already taking place in Mogadishu.rdquo;
High level discussions took place with the Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, the Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Guled, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf Garaad Omar, the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Abdirahman Mohamed Abdi Hashi, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdulkadir Ahmedkheyr Abdi, and the Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir. Discussions took place on regional and international efforts to promote maritime security cooperation and capacity building in Somalia and the larger region beyond Somalia; as well as the fight against piracy and IUU Fishing. In pursuance of the discussions and in the interest of promoting regional and bilateral cooperation, senior Somali officials are expected to reciprocate the visit in the near future.
The mission also met and interacted with various key international stakeholders assisting Somalia in its recovery, including the UN, the FAO, the EU and the AU. During a call on the Special Representative to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, the latter updated the mission on the current security situation in Somalia, noting that the FGS was a serious and responsible partner, which needs the support of the international community in the short, medium and long term; but, more importantly, NOW, if the gains of the past decade and the efforts of the new regime are to be sustained.
The mission also comprised of Special Advisor to the Designated Minister, Raymond St Ange (Head of the Secretariat of the CGPCS), Ahmed Hersi, the Regional Coordinator on Maritime Security for ESA-IO Region from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), Commander Rajeev Kumar Singh and Fartum Mohamed Ibrahim, Maritime Security Advisor and Maritime Officer, respectively from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). UNSOM, IGAD and the Indian Ocean Commission played a much appreciated role in facilitating and coordinating the visit of the mission to Mogadishu.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.