The semiautonomous Somali state of Jubaland agreed Wednesday to ally itself with the national government, in a deal welcomed by Somalia's internationally backed authorities, who have struggled to extend their reach far beyond the capital, Mogadishu, and are also fighting the Shabab militia. Jubaland, in southern Somalia and bordering Kenya, was one of several breakaway regions of the fractured nation. The agreement was signed after a week of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, between Somalia's state minister, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir, and the self-appointed leader of Jubaland, Ahmed Madobe. Mr. Madobe will remain in charge of Jubaland for a two-year transitional period, but he did agree to hand over control of the port and airport in the coastal city of Kismayo.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.