Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed arrived Mogadishu on Saturday amid increased security in the Somali capital, reports say.
Ahmed’s visit is part of efforts to bolster ties with neighbouring Somalia.
He is being protected by armed bodyguards, reports say, and was received by Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
A reporter with the Voice of America (VoA) Somali Service said “special preparations [were] underway” in Mogadishu ahead of the Ethiopian leader’s visit.
Harun Maruf tweeted that “Somali elite security units have been deployed in the streets”.
Local media reported on Saturday that there was a heavy presence of armed police and troops along key roads in the Somali capital.
This is Abiy Ahmed’s first official visit to Somalia since his appointment as Ethiopia’s prime minister in March.
He has already visited Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt.
Thirty years ago, in 1988, Ethiopia agreed to restore diplomatic ties with Somalia more than a decade after a border dispute between the two countries led to the Ogaden War.
Currently, Ethiopia has troops stationed in Somalia as part of an African Union military mission.
BREAKING: Unusual, heavy presence of special security forces in the key roads of Mogadishu this morning, unclear what is happening.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) June 16, 2018