Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo met his Egyptian counterpart President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in a security-headlined meeting in Cairo on Sunday. It is the first meeting between the two heads of state and is projected to improve Somalia-Egypt relations especially in the war against Al Qaeda affiliated militants operating in Somalia. Egypt reaffirmed the support to rebuild and consolidate some of the core institutions in Somalia with particular interest in the Somali National Army (SNA).
The new relations between the two countries will offer immeasurable benefits to Somali as it seeks to reestablish itself both in Africa and at the Arab League. Somali is set to benefit in the education system from scholarships awarded to youths. They are expected to shift the focus of the young people from joining the al Shabaab to pursuing higher education and in turn become policy makers in a new Somalia free of extremist ideologies.