RIYADH, Sept 16 (KUNA) -- Somali interim government and heads of tribes signed on Sunday a national reconciliation accord under the patronage of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-aziz in Jeddah.
In an address after signing the pact, King Abudllah stressed the necessity of hard work to ensure implementation of the accord as a crucial step for overall peace and stability in Somalia.
He hoped the accord would constitute a cornerstone for Somalia's positive future.
On its part, the Somali interim government pledged to ensure ending all conflicts through fully implementing the accord, lauding overall ties with Saudi Arabia and its role in reaching the pact.
The Somali parties called for the deployment of Arab and African forces to assist in implementing the accord that was reached after a 45-day national reconciliation forum in Mogadishu with Saudi support.
Saudi Arabia lauded the request to replace foreign troops with Arab and African forces under the UN supervision.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabia urged all sides to fully commit to the pact to ensure ending ongoing unrest. (end) od.ayh KUNA 170104 Sep 07NNNN