Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte has convinced Hiiraan clan elders to join the ongoing Jowhar conference aimed at forming a regional state for the two regions of Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle.
A delegation led by Mr Arte recently visited Beledweyne where he held talks with Hiiraan clan elders and intellectuals to persuade them take part in the Jowhar conference that has entered its final phases.
The deputy prime minister expressed optimism towards ending the political impasse in the region.
The elders also assured their support for Arte’s effort in seeking a solution for the political challenges facing the state formation process.
The deputy prime minister’s delegation on Sunday afternoon returned to Mogadishu where they had earlier left.