President & PM hold first direct meeting after mediation efforts failed

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Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdilahi Farmajo and his Prime Minister Mohamed Husein Roble held their first direct meeting at the presidential palace on Wednesday night, weeks after mediation to end their dispute had failed.

It came following efforts made by the president of Southwest regional state Abdiasis Laftagaren, who had played a role in previous attempts aimed at mediating an end to the rift between country’s most powerful leaders.

The preliminary meeting would pave the way for another round talks between the president and his prime minister to bring an end to a dispute over the murder of a female spy.

Talks are set to resume on Thursday night when the two leaders will discuss outstanding issues that had earlier brought a mediation led by Galmudug leader Ahmed Qorqor a total failure.

A regional official had earlier said the collapse of the talks was due to the president’s obstinacy and praised the Prime Minister for showing seriousness in engaging in negotiations over key sticking points.

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