Didier Reynders meets President of Somalia

date: 16 September 2013

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign affairs Didier Reynders met the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia in the Egmont Palace in Brussels. This meeting took place just before the opening of the “New Deal” conference for Somalia. Didier Reynders is pleased that this conference is taking place at high a level. It is organised by the Somali government and the European Union and is being held at a critical juncture for the future of Somalia.

Didier Reynders discussed the major challenges associated with the long-term stabilisation of Somalia with the country’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Among other topics they addressed security, re-establishing a constitutional state, setting up a federal system including all of Somalia’s regions, and economic development. This development is essential for creating jobs in a country where over 65% of the population is under 25.

Didier Reynders also spoke of Belgian aid worker Philippe Havet, who was murdered in Mogadishu in 2011 while working for Médecins Sans Frontières. His family continues to hope that the perpetrator, who was arrested and convicted but later released, will nevertheless still have to serve out his sentence in prison.