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Egypt supports new Somali president, Libya cautious

Besides the government leaders who attended the inauguration ceremony, representatives from the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Arab League, Kenya and Egypt were also at hand in Arta, Djibouti. News reports said three Gulf Arab states had hailed on Sunday the election the interim authority.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also paid tribute in separate statements to Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh for sucessfully hosting the Somali peace conference.

"What was achieved between the Somali factions can be considered a step towards stability and security in Somalia which was torn by war," the UAE news agency WAM quoted Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zaid al-Nahayan as saying.

In Jeddah, the Saudi government issued a statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, welcoming the establishment of government institutions for Somalia and urged all factions to join reconciliation efforts.

Kuwait also welcomed the outcome saying it wished President Abdulqassim Salad Hassan "success in achieving stability and peace for the Somali people."


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