Mogadishu (MFASomalia) – On February 16, 2018, The Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia has initially welcomed the Protocol on free movement of persons in the IGAD region.

According to the recommendations made by participants at a national consultative meeting in Mogadishu (February 11-14, 2018), Somalia has welcomed this protocol in principle and will strengthen its bilateral relations with neighboring countries to sign new agreements on immigration, smuggling, organized crime and address illegal migration through the exchange of information in the field and periodic meetings at the central and field levels to consult on further tightening land border control within the framework of the formation of joint border security committees.

The Somali participants from governmental institutions and civil society in a consultative meeting of this protocol raised a list of important requirements to address this issue, including:

The Federal Republic of Somalia has accepted the Protocol on free movement of persons in the IGAD region with the following pre-conditions :

1- Free movement protocol cannot be implemented unless the national constitution and relevant laws are enacted in Federal Republic of Somalia [Legislative framework].
2- In addition, the protocol cannot be implemented unless the Federal Government of Somalia can control its borders by land, air and sea [National Security].