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Somali Week Aims To Build Community Ties Across Minnesota (MPR News) NATIONAL MEDIA President Farmajo ‘Hopes Somali Unity’, Marks The 59th Independence Anniversary 1 July – Source: Goobjoog – 293 Words President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo congratulated the Somali people on the 59th Anniversary of the Independence of the Southern regions and the unity of the northern and southern regions of the country, which laid the foundation for the Republic of Somalia. Addressing hundreds of people at the anniversary event held at the House of Local Government Administration, President Farmajo has sent a congratulatory message to all the Somali people and urged them to engage in unity and brotherhood and to take part in the government’s efforts to build one strong Somali nation that has a high status in the world. President Farmajo said, “We are celebrating the 59th anniversary of independence of the southern regions of Somalia and the day when the northern and southern regions of the country cemented their unity as one nation of one flag.” The president said that 1st July is a great day to remember the Somali freedom liberators who rejected the idea of colonialism and strived to liberate their country. President Farmajo added that the sense of unity and solidarity is common among the Somali people, despite difficult circumstances that we are going through. He concluded his speech by stating, “I have high hopes that Somali will be united soon and we will open our hands to our brothers in Somaliland whose fathers have gained unity.” The event was attended by the Speaker of the Somali parliament, Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, the chairman of the Supreme Court Baashe Yusuf Ahmed, the Governor of Banadir region and the Mayor of Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), Information Minister and Chairman of the Executive Board Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye, members of the Council of Ministers, the Commanders of the military and the police, diplomats and various sections of the community. President Farmajo Receives Ethiopian Finance Minister In Mogadishu 1 July – Source: Goobjoog – 74 Words President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo yesterday received the Minister of Finance of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ahmed Shide, and had a meeting with him at the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu. The Minister of Finance of Ethiopia delivered a message of greetings from the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. President Farmajo has assured that the Federal Government of Somalia is committed to peace, stability and economic development across the Horn of Africa. INTERNATIONAL MEDIA Embassy, Community Mark Somalia Independence Day

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Somali Community in Kuwait celebrate the 59th Independence and unification Days. Perhaps unlike other countries, the government and the Somali people both inside and in diaspora celebrate a week-long Annual Independence Day Festival; this is because three significant events took place during the last few days of colonial history in the Somali territories in the Horn of Africa. First, on 26th June 1960, former British Somaliland got its Independence from Great Britain. Secondly, four days after and on 1st July 1960, the former Italian Somaliland got its Independence from Italy. Thirdly, on the same day on 1st July 1960, the British and Italian Somali colonies have united to form the Republic of Somalia. After 59 years of Independence, the Somali experience shows mixed results of success and challenges concerning state-building endeavours.

The first nine years following Independence, Somalia was one of the first countries in Africa to successfully establish a vibrant multi-party democracy and the rule of law. Unfortunately, the military coup in October 1969 and subsequent years of military rule and dictatorship has resulted in a civil war and state collapse in the country. However, after years of national reconciliation efforts, and to address the grievances of different regions and districts across the country, the Somali people have opted to adopt a federal system of government, and as a result, the country was renamed as Federal Government of Somalia. Furthermore, endowed with the enormous economic potential of untapped natural resources and an essential strategic geopolitical location on the Gulf of Aden, which includes one of the longest coastlines of mainland Africa, and a large population of the Somali diaspora in almost all parts of the world – including North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and Africa- the future of Somali, is one full of hope and brightness.

The Somali community in Kuwait is one of the oldest community in the country with the first members of the community arriving in the late 1940th and 1950th. However, the majority of the Somali families and experts have arrived in the late 70th. Since then Somali community has been part and partial of the magnificent transformation and development that has been taken places in Kuwait under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It is important to note that two brotherly people of Kuwait and Somalis share many cultural and traditional norms in common, hence Kuwait has become home far from home for many Somalis who are born and educated in Kuwait.

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