Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with H.E Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia

By United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretar

The Secretary-General met with the President of Somalia on the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, and he commended the tangible progress achieved in Somalia in the past four years following the establishment of the Federal Government and emphasized the need to continue to make more progress so as address the multi-faceted challenges of the country. He underscored theimportance of advancing a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of violent extremism.

The Secretary-General highlighted the need for the Parliament and the Government to be more inclusive and representative, including ensuring representation of women. He further encouraged the Federal Government to continue to show leadership in addressing the issue of conflict-related sexual violence.

The Secretary-General stressed the urgency for the Government to establish a federal security sector architecture, as well as the need to further build up security forces to consolidate the gains made by AMISOM and Somali national security forces.

The Secretary-General also encouraged Somalia to strongly commit to the sustainable development goals.