Arab leaders must rise to regional challenges, President declares as Arab Summit opens in Kuwait


His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today arrived in Kuwait City for the Arab League summit.

The President said: “Arab nations need to rise to the challenges that collectively face us. We lag behind in terms of human development and we need to do much better adapting our political institutions to the twenty-first century. The old models haven’t worked. We must now demonstrate unity of purpose if we are to make the progress our people deserve.”

Arab leaders will be discussing resolutions on the crisis in Syria and the Arab peace initiative.

Arab countries were important diplomatic and development partners as Somalia was rebuilding its economy and political institutions, the President said. He will hold a series of bilateral meetings with Arab leaders focused on a range of issues.

“We will be discussing peace-building initiatives and development projects and updating our colleagues on the success we are having in our offensive against Al Shabaab,” the President said. “After the military victory against our enemies we will be looking to find a lasting solution to the conflict and repeat our unconditional offer to work with all Somalis who renounce violence. We are all Somalis and must join forces to rebuild our country.”


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