The presidency, Villa Somalia, announced the president’s trip on Monday stating that he was due to undertake the state visit in view of bolstering ties between the two nations.
“Somalia and Italy maintained strong friendship based on mutual interests, trust and respect. Italy is one of Somalia’s reliable allies,” Villa Somalia said in a tweet.
Farmaajo has since his arrival in Rome held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte stating that the fruitful discussions were on strengthening our two sides bilateral talks.
On Wednesday, he met with President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace. “The Presidents discussed how Somalia and Italy can collaborate to transform historic relations into win-win economic partnerships on many fronts of mutual interests,” a tweet from the presidency added.
Relations between the two nations date back to when Italy were colonial masters of the dominantly Muslim nation. The last visit by the Italian PM to the Horn of Africa region saw him make stops in Eritrea and Ethiopia.