January 15, the Somali Prime Minister of the Transitional
National Government met with the Greater Washington, D.C.
Metro Area Somali community.
1,000 people attended a plenary session held at the Arlington
Hilton just outside Washington, D.C. The event marked the
single largest gathering of the Washington area community
for a period of eleven years.
speech, the Prime Minister briefed the community on the progress
of the Transitional government, security issues, Ethiopia's
involvement of Somali affairs, his trip to New York at the
Security Council and host of opportunities and challenges
facing his Transitional Government.
Minister told the community that Somalia has gone from a reconciliation
phase to rebuilding the state. He encouraged the community
to participate in rebuilding a nation based on the rule of
law, free market economy, and a solid democratic process.
Minister also received a host of questions from the audience
in an evening of exchange and dialog.
Minister's meeting with the Washington D.C. community coincided
with the same week when U.N. Security Council welcomed Somalia
back to the community of nations and the current Transitional
Government was recognized as the sole legitimate authority
in the country. .