Visit of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia, to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia. Discussions focused on the ways the EU could assist Somalia on its path to a stable political future. During the joint press conference José Manuel Barroso reiterated that the EU was already the largest donor in Somalia, having mobilized over half a billion euros in development aid since 2008 and €60 million in humanitarian assistance for the year 2012. The President also encouraged Somalia's active and positive engagement in the region, highlighting the benefits that regional cooperation could bring to all countries in the Horn of Africa, for example, in trade and in tackling common challenges.