The President, accompanied by other senior Somali Government ministers, is in the UK at the invitation of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The delegation was greeted on arrival by Rob Macaire CMG, the High Commissioner to Kenya who has responsibility for Somalia.
During the visit Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed will meet with a range of UK ministers to discuss the Transitional Federal Government's plans for transition and further reconciliation as well as shared bilateral and regional interests, in particular on piracy, counter-
The UK is deeply concerned by the ongoing violence in Somalia and remains fully committed to supporting the Djibouti process and the Transitional Federal Government. We have been shocked by recent insurgent attacks in the country which show a complete disregard for progress in Somalia, and we have been working hard with international partners to help Somalis build a peaceful and stable Somalia. Instability in Somalia caused by extremist insurgents has led to huge suffering to the Somali people themselves; and presents a serious threat to regional peace, security and development.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband with President of the Somali Transitional Federal Government, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in London, 8 March 2010.