President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan, on a goodwill visit to
Ethiopia, has informed Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of his
government's desire to work with Ethiopia "for a new common
future" in the horn of Africa, according to the foreign minister
of Somalia, Ismail Mahmoud Hurre.
the lengthy talks the visiting Somali delegation had with
Meles and Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin covered wide-ranging
issues, including security.
was a clear understanding on both sides on the basic issues
raised," he told journalists Thursday night. Hurre said that
during the delegation's meeting earlier in the day with Seyoum,
"very useful exchanges of views were made on issues that needed
to say what these were. He stated, however, that the emphasis
of the talks was "on the common destinies of the two countries."
a communique on the talks would be issued Friday after the
foreign ministers of the two countries consider a number of
issues on which understanding had to be reached.
if this concerned the Muslim fundamentalist Al-Ithihad, which
Ethiopia had in the past repeatedly said to be operating from
Somalia to destabilise the Somali region of Ethiopia, Hurre
said the problem of fundamentalism "was more of a threat to
the government of Somalia than to Ethiopia."
security forces have in the past entered Somalia to pursue
Al- Ithihad armed groups raiding its territory in the the
vast Ogaden area.
and his party arrived in Addis Ababa Wednesday night and are
expected to leave Saturday for Yemen.
leader will be in Khartoum next week for the summit of the
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