Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has on Wednesday opened the first National Security Council meeting he chairs since he was elected in February this year to discuss the current security situation in the country and the threats posed by extremist groups.
The meeting brought together the leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States including Puntland, Galmudug, South West, Hirshabelle and Jubbaland.
This is the first meeting since the establishment of the committee in April this year during the National Consultative meetings held jointly by the Federal Government of Somalia and its Federal Member States which eventually replaced the National Leadership Forum (NLF).
Sources close to the presidency said the meeting will be on for two days will discuss among other issues, national security, the fight against terrorism and the establishment of a joint army composed of 18, 000 soldiers from all the states.
The meeting comes amid growing concern of the threats of the terror groups Al-Shabab and ISIS in the horn of African country.
The militant groups continue to carry deadly attacks in the country. Between May and June, Al-Shabab carried at least five attacks in Mogadishu and Puntland killing several dozens of civilians and members of the country’s security forces.