Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo speaks after winning the vote in Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 8, 2017. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected new president of Somalia in a tightly contested polls held in Mogadishu on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

A proposal by Somali President Mohamed Farmajo was welcomed on Monday to convene a meeting between his government and all five federal member state presidents to strengthen cooperation and foster consensus.

The foreign envoys from the African Union, EU and UN called upon the leaders to seize this opportunity to agree on pressing national priorities, including elections, for the benefit of all Somali people.

“We welcome continued efforts at dialogue, reconciliation and compromise among political leaders,” said the envoys in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

The partners also welcomed the pursuit of solutions to political differences without violence and in a spirit of pragmatism and inclusivity.

Farmajo made the proposal in Djibouti on Sunday.

Somalia has said it will push ahead with plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in early 2021. Enditem

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