International community welcomes peace agreement in Kismayu
The United Nations, European Union, and IGAD have jointly welcomed former Somali defense minister and war lord General Barre Hirale to join government efforts to establish peace and reconciliation in the country.
General Hirale who is currently in Somali capital Mogadishu has accepted several peace proposals to end the standoff between him and interim Juba Land administration.
“We strongly welcome the peace deal between General Barre Hirale and interim Juba land administration spearheaded by the federal government of Somalia, this is great move as far as the establishment of peace and stability is concerned in Somalia,” said the press statement jointly produced by the international community representatives in Somalia.
“We expect parties concerned by the agreement to fully implement without further delay,” it added.
General Barre Hirale and his forces were welcomed to Kismayu last week before he flew to Mogadishu for more talks with government representatives in Mogadishu.
The agreement is expected to give peace a chance and end long standoff between General Hirale and jubaland administration.