Foreign Minister Amr Moussa on Monday expressed his country's
readiness to contribute to the reconstruction of Somalia.
to reporters after meeting Somali President Abdiqasim Salad
Hassan, Moussa said that Egyptian and Somali teams will soon
discuss what Somalia needs and how Egypt could meet its demand.
was in Cairo to take part in the 114th session of the Arab
League Foreign Ministers Council on Sunday and Monday during
his first foreign tour after he was elected on August 25 by
a transitional parliament.
speech Sunday to the council meeting, Salad called on the
other Arab countries to help Somalia in its reconstruction
drive since the country has now a parliament and a president,
the first since 1991 when former president Mohammed Siad Barre
said he expressed Egypt's support for Salad's election and
discussed with the president the future of the Egyptian-Somali
happy that Somalia has now a leader, a (would-be) government
and a system," he said, terming the two countries' relations
as deeply rooted.
on the declared opposition of Somali warlords to Salad, Moussa
said Somalia has now a president and Egypt will develop the
relations with him. In the meantime, he did not rule out the
possibility that Egypt may work to persuade the warlords to
cooperate with the president in a bid to help guarantee that
the situation in Somalia will not regress.
fell into civil strifes, lacking a central government during
the past decade. After the election of Salad, the powerful
warlords said they would not bow to his administration and
demanded that the international community not to recognize