PRESS RELEASE: Australia‚Äôs High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth conducted his first visit to Puntland State, Somalia, May 20-21, 2013.
Ambassador Tooth‚Äôs delegation, including Deputy Head of Mission Amanda¬†Davis, were received at Garowe Airport by Puntland Minister for Finance H.E.¬†Farah Ali Jama; Minister for Maritime Transport, Ports and Counter-Piracy¬†H.E. Saeed Mohamed Rage; Deputy Minister for Livestock H.E. Abdiweli¬†Hersi Nur; President‚Äôs Media Adviser Mohamed A. Mohamed; and¬†Presidential Staff.
Ambassador Tooth toured the Garowe Prison compound, which is under¬†construction in a project funded by donors and implemented by U.N.O.D.C.¬†The President of Puntland, H.E. Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud (Farole),¬†received Ambassador Tooth at Puntland State House in the capital, Garowe.
Discussions covered a range of topics, including foreign aid, investment, and¬†the political and security situation in Puntland, and Somalia as a whole.¬†Later in the evening, the President hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting Australian delegation.¬†President Farole and Ambassador Tooth held a joint press conference at¬†State House on May 21, with the President thanking Australia for hosting¬†Somali immigrants and expressing his appreciation for the Australian¬†Ambassador‚Äôs first visit to Puntland.
Ambassador Tooth thanked the Puntland Government for the warm welcome¬†and emphasized that the Australian Government is committed to supporting¬†assistance programs in Puntland.¬†It marks the first high-profile visit by an Australian diplomat to Somalia.
Source:¬†Puntland President Office