The deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, Mahdi Mohamed Guled has announced that the Federal government will welcome the Somali refugees returning home from nighbouring countries.

Speaking to a refugee meeting in Mogadishu, Guled said the government will send a delegation to the east African countries hosting the Somali refugees, to assess their situation.

The deputy PM’s comments come as a UNHCR-organised three-day conference on Somali refugees is ongoing in the capital, Mogadishu, with attendance of high-ranking officials.

Somalia, Kenya and UNHCR have reached an agreement on the repatriation of Somali refugees at Dadaab to their home country in 2014, but so far a small number returned home.