Ambassador Mohamed Sharif Mohamud, former ambassador of Somalia and the Arab League, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The appointment was made by Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development.
Working for the League of Arab States, Ambassador Sharif was Head of Mission in Senegal (1983-5); Head of Mission in Kenya (1985-8); Head of African Department (1988-92); Deputy Assistant Secretary General (1992-94); Head of Mission to Italy and Representative of Arab League at FAO (1994-2000).
Ambassador Sharif is the Vice Chair of the Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), which is committed to bringing trust-building, healing and reconciliation in Somalia. SIDD is a partner of Initiatives of Change UK.
Commenting on his new appointment, Ambassador Sharif said: 'Clearly, despite the challenges encountered by Somalia over the past 20 years, the country has a lot to offer. It is capable of a rebirth and will one day stand on its feet again to pursue the march of progress, restoring its dignity and assuming equal status with other members of the international community.'