Hillary Clinton to meet Somali leaders early August

June 31, 2012


U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet Somali leaders early next month in Nairobi, reports say.

The State Department said in a press statement that Hillary Clinton will meet President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and other signatories to the Roadmap aimed at ending the transition period to underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20th.

Clinton who is paying official trip to Africa will also held talks with Ugandan President Yuweri Museveni to reinforce Uganda as a key U.S. partner in promoting regional security, particularly in regard to Somalia.

During her tour to Africa, the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa
Her talks with Somali leaders come a time Somalia is trying to meet the August 20 deadline to end the transition period.

Somalia’s 825-member assembly is now meeting in Mogadishu as part of the strategy aimed at ending the transitional period before the stated August 20 deadline.

The assembly is today discussing contentious issues in the draft constitution and is scheduled to rectify it before adopting the new constitution by next Thursday.

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