Puntland leader arrives back in Garowe after provincial tour

The President of Somalia’s Puntland Government Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has arrived back in the state capital of Garowe after a three-day visit to Bossaso Port City on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.

Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, presidential officials and the members of the public received President Gaas’ delegation at Garowe International Airport.

Puntland leader have not commented on his provincial tour but according to a press statement from his office he met with Bari Governor, Bossaso mayor and traditional leaders.

On Monday, President Gaas was flown by plane to Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) base in the outskirts of Bossaso where he held discussions on maritime security with United Arab Emirate ambassador to Somalia Mohamed Al Othman and Dubai port wall representatives (note: we think the writer means DP Port World).

UAE provides financial support with Somalia’s first anti-piracy taskforce in an effort to reduce high seas crimes.

Puntland, located in northeastern Somalia suspended cooperation with Mogadishu-based Federal Government in a dispute over Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC) and foreign aid.

Source: http://www.garoweonline.com

Maritime Security News Note:
Interesting that President Gaas should meet with the UAE ambassador at the PMPF base. As anyone who has been observing Somali piracy will know, the PMPF have been the most successful anti-piracy force in the region over the years. They’ve pursued pirates, shut down pirate bases and occupied towns like Eyl where pirates had previously run amok.

Unfortunately, following a raid on Isse Yuluh’s compound in 2012, they had their wings clipped following possible breaches of the UN Arms Embargo, but it’s still a fact that they were able to push a lot of piracy from the region.

So why is the President discussing things with the UAE ambassador at their base? Will the PMPF secure new funding? Will their remit be enhanced? Will Puntland create an effective coast guard? Who knows. Equally interesting is the presence of DP Port World, if they were indeed there. If Puntland could achieve significant foreign investment for its ports, things could improve significantly for the autonomous region.

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