President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Monday received credentials from the new Russian ambassador to Somalia, Sergey Kuznetsov.
President Mohamud said Somalia welcomed Russia’s diplomatic presence in the country noting the two countries can work together towards prosperity in many fronts.
“The Government of Somalia welcomes the move by Russia to re-establish diplomatic relations. We have common areas of interest to develop such as infrastructure, mining, education, culture and governance. We welcome Russia’s help to rebuild these sectors in Somalia,” said President Mohamud.
Kuznetsov said his country was keen on strengthening ties with Somalia and that Russian companies were ready to invest in Somalia and participate in the construction of infrastructure.
Russia re-opened its embassy in Somalia early 2014 after over twenty years’ hiatus following collapse of government and subsequent civil war in Somalia.
The ceremony was attended by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Ali Kediye, Defense Assistant Minister among other officials.