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United Nations, New York, 16 May 2010

President Treki meets with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti

President Treki meets with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti

The President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr Ali Abdussalam Treki met today with H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti, who is currently visiting New York.

The two side exchanged views on the situation in the horn of Africa, in particular the situation in Somalia. They stressed the need for the international community to redouble its efforts to tackle the root causes of the problem of international piracy, and the need to fully respect the sovereignty of Somalia. Dr. Treki briefed the President of Djibouti on the General Assembly meeting he convened on 14 May, concerning the issue of international maritime piracy, which was attended by the first deputy Prime Minister of Somalia. Both sides reaffirmed the need to support the Government of Somalia, and strengthen its ability to restore security and stability in Somalia. President Treki stressed the need for the Security Council to deal effectively with the issue of Somalia, and to further support the efforts undertaken by the African Union in the regard.

Both sides also discussed the situation in Sudan and other African issues. They addressed the situation in the Middle East, and the ongoing proximity talks between the parties sponsored by the United States. President Treki informed Ismail Omar Guelleh of his intention to hold a General Assembly thematic debate on the situation in the Middle East. Both parties underscored the need for the United Nations to play a bigger role in this context, and stressed the need to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.