Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud received credentials from the newly-appointed UK ambassador to Somalia Ms Harriet Mathews on Monday.
In a conversation, the President and ambassador discussed the prospects of strengthening the bilateral relations, relevant international and regional issues.
President Mohamoud congratulated Ms Mathews on the appointment and wished success in her diplomatic mission. He also thanked the UK government for supporting the Federal government and Somali people.
“On behalf of the Federal Republic of Somalia, I want to extend my strong appreciation to the UK and Prime Minister David Cameron for their role in ensuring that Somalia’s situation was brought to the world’s attention. Their support for and lobbying on behalf of Somalia has enabled us to make significant progress.’’
The UK Ambassador noted that the relations between the two countries are close and added that she would do her utmost to further and strengthen the political and economic relations.
“I have been delighted by the warm welcome that I have received from the President and Somali people. I am honoured to have been chosen to take on this important role, based in Mogadishu. I look forward to deepening the strong relationship between our two countries and addressing our common priorities including security, development, humanitarian progress and political stability.
The United Kingdom has been instrumental in helping to bring peace and security back to Somalia, and remains committed to helping the Somali people and government to rebuild the country,” said the ambassador after meeting the President.
In June 2013, Britian appointed its first ambassador to Somalia in 21 years since the country’s central government collapsed and reopened its ambassador in Mogadishu.