Somalia's federal state of Puntland on Monday (March 31st) announced its support for the formation of the new South-western State led by Mohamed Haji Abdinur, Somalia's Garowe Online reported.
"Puntland government conveys warm congratulations to southwest state of Somalia's people on their role in crowning an autonomous state," Puntland said in a statement. "[The Puntland government] fully supports the formation and the development of southwest state of Somalia."
The press statement also noted that the government was willing to provide technical support to the nascent federal state.
The three-region state faces competition from another proposed state comprising Bay, Bakol, Lower Shabelle, Gedo, Lower Jubba and Middle Jubba regions.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari were in Baidoa Sunday-Monday to mediate between the two rival groups.