Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo hosted the head of the African Union high-level implementation panel for South Sudan and Sudan, Thabo Mbeki and his 30-member delegation in a state dinner on Sunday evening.

The delegating led by the former South African President arrived in the country on a two-day visit on Saturday.

Somali head of state outlined his government’s efforts to strengthen peace and security and its significance in the region.

President Farmajo said Somalia’s strategic location in the region makes it suitable to a diplomatic and trade base in the horn of Africa.

On his side, the AU delegation leader recalled his visit in Somalia 45 years ago and the role played by Somalia in the continent during the freedom struggle.

“It is great pleasure for me to back in Mogadishu after 45 years,” Mbeki recalled, adding “in 1974 Somalia was united and strong.”

Former South Africa President appreciated the warm welcome accorded to him and his delegation during his visit.

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