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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud held bilateral talks in Asmara, the Eritrea's capital. A new suspect has been charged over the disappearance of a six-year-old South African girl last month.
During the "extensive" meeting on Sunday, the two leaders discussed regional issues, including Somalia's fight against militants, Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel posted on X. The search for Joslin Smith has transfixed the country since she went missing near her home in Saldanha Bay, 110km (70 Miles) north-west of Cape Town, on 19 February.
Talks on "important regional and global topics" also featured in their meeting, state-owned Somali National News Agency said, without providing more details. A 32-year-old woman was on Monday charged with kidnapping and human trafficking in the Vredenburg Magistrates’ Court in the Western Cape province.
This was President Mohamud’s second visit to Eritrea this year and the sixth since he Joslin's mother Kelly Smith, her boyfriend Jacquen Appollis and another suspect are also in custody and face kidnapping and trafficking charges.
came to power in May 2022, highlighting the strong relations between the two Last week, the court freed a traditional healer due to a lack of evidence.
countries. The new suspect will be up for a bail hearing on 25 March while Ms Smith and the other suspects will be back in court on 13 May.
President Mohamud last visited Asmara in January amid tension with neighbouring Joslin is yet to be found and her whereabouts remain unknown.
Ethiopia over a port deal between Addis Ababa and the self-declared republic of Ms Smith had previously told local publication The Daily Voice that she had not given up hope of finding her daughter.
Somaliland. The deal is contested by the Somali government. "My motherly instincts are telling me my daughter is still alive and in this area. We will find her, I will walk on foot to find her. I will look in every little shack, I'm going to do it by myself if I have to."
A video shared on X (formerly Twitter) shows President Isaias and visiting President Mohamud strolling in the streets of Asmara, with residents Joslin was left in the care of Ms Smith's boyfriend before she went missing. He has denied any involvement.
cheering and taking pictures. On average, a child goes missing every five hours in South Africa, but most are found.
Eritrea has been training thousands of Somali soldiers to boost the Somali army as African Union troops are expected to
withdraw from the Horn of Africa country at the end of this year.
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