Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)
The president and his delegation were warmly welcomed by the regional leader, MPs, cabinet members and traditional elders of the region.
Speaking to the press, President Yusuf said that the aim of his visit to the region was to hold consultations and discussions over the current political and security situation in Somalia.
He has further said that Yemen ambassador in Somalia accompanied him in his trip, adding that the government of Yemen is requesting the Somali pirates to release its hijacked ship.
The president called for urgent and unconditional release of the ship by the regional administration of Puntland.
He has stressed that failure to free the Yemeni ship, diplomatic and economic ties with Yemen will be strained.
The president strongly condemned the hijacking of the Yemeni ship, saying it will have an impact on the political and economic relations between the Somali government and Yemen.
It is unclear why president Yusuf is visiting Puntland while the rift between him and Prime Minister Nur Adde was widening.
Historic Spanish ship that carried African slaves found off Caribbean islandMarine archaeologists have stumbled upon the wreck of a Spanish ship that once carried an illegal cargo of African slaves believed to be the ancestors of many of today’s inhabitants of the British colonies of Turks and Caicos.
They are confident the oaken timbers submerged under 9ft of water off East Caicos island are the remains of the Spanish slave ship Trouvadore, which sank in the Atlantic archipelago south of the Bahamas in 1841.