Riyadh(Mogadishu24)-The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to participate in the Saudi-Africa Economic Conference, despite health issues that kept him in Abu Dhabi, UAE for a week after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

President Hassan was seen disembarking from the plane with his bandaged arm tied around his neck, sparking widespread speculation and concern about his health. Mogadishu24 conducted an investigation to disclose the details behind the president’s mysterious injury.

Eighteen months ago, during a routine exercise session, the president sustained a severe shoulder injury. Despite ligament damage and medical recommendations for immediate surgery, the president postponed the procedure due to his demanding schedule and responsibilities with the Somali government, particularly in spearheading the fight against terrorism. This action reflects his commitment, resilience, and determination to his duties.

A couple of weeks ago, he went to Abu Dhabi to seek medical services, eventually leading to successful surgery on his shoulder between November 1st and 3rd. Throughout the recovery period, he still maintained public appearances, a trend not commonly known for the previous Somali leaders.

The president continued fulfilling his duties, including participation in international events, particularly the conference in Saudi Arabia, despite having health issues and advisors telling him to remain off duty and minimise public appearances until he fully recovers.

He addressed the country’s situation, especially opportunities for cooperation, and took a firm stance on supporting the Palestinian civilians, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

President Hassan highlighted Somalia’s economic strategy, emphasizing growth through trade, investment, and robust regional and international partnerships.

He expressed Somalia’s positive visions to be global leaders in agriculture, livestock, green energy, and telecommunications, using its rich and unique resources for comprehensive economic development and international excellence.

The president’s health situation has become a topic of discussion in the nation, highlighting his personal resilience and reflecting on changing public views on health and leadership in Somalia. As the president recovers, people are observing with a newfound admiration for his leadership.

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