Security heightened in Somalia ahead of regional summit


Somalia has beefed up security in the capital Mogadishu ahead of the regional leader’s summit to be held next week, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said.

Mohamud said leaders from the eight members of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) bloc – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda – are expected to attend the summit.

The summit is expected to focus on the political and security progress made by Somalia, as well as the forthcoming elections planned for September and October.

South Sudan’s conflict is also expected to be an agenda during the summit.

“Mogadishu town will host the IGAD summit next week and that that is why the security in the capital is tightened, I request the people to work with the security forces to ensure success of the summit,” President Mohamud said.

“Security forces will increase patrols around the city and I wish to urge Somalis to show patience as the town hosts international level meeting,” he said.