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SOMALIA: Puntland President says there are no differences on the National Army Re-integration Progam

  Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas speaks as he attend a function in Garowe.

GAROWE (RBC Radio) Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has rubbished reports about the existence of differences within the National Government leaders and the leaders of regional states.

President clarified that he has backed the national program which intends to re-integrate militia forces into national army and establishing a strong army for Somalia.

“There is no differences within the leaders. We are willing to see a strong national army with Somali status established soon.” President Gaas said during a function in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland on Thursday.

“The vital thing is having a strong national army which can defend the country.  This country needs army with national symbol… be it five thousands from Jubbaland and ten thousands from Gedo.” he added.

Last week, the regional states’ leaders attended the National Security Council meeting in Mogadishu, where the regional officials and the Federal leaders discussed troops re-integration program currently in process.

Somalia is attempting to retake its security ahead of the 2018 projected withdrawal of the African Union forces in the country (AMISOM).


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