Mogadishu (UNA-OIC) – As Somalis prepare to welcome the Holy Month of Ramadan, international partners expressed hope that the basic tenets of reflection, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation will usher in a successful meeting of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member State (FMS) leaders.
Noting the importance of the planned FGS-FMS meeting, international partners urged that this Somali-led and Somali-owned dialogue lead to the resolution of all outstanding issues and permit implementation of the 17 September electoral process. Such an agreement, symbolizing unity, compassion, and care for others, would demonstrate leadership and concern for the Somali nation and offer a special Ramadan gift to the people of Somalia.
“We urge FGS and FMS leaders to use this opportunity to resolve their differences and make the necessary compromises in order to ensure that credible, timely, and peaceful elections can be held without further delay to allow Somalia to move forward,” international partners said in a statement.
The FGS-FMS National Consultative Meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been moved to Wednesday, April 7, according to Somali National News Agency (SONNA).