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UAE participates in international meeting to help Somalia

UAE participates in Mogadishu meeting, offers support to end decades-long instability in Somalia

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has participated in the international meeting, which was held in the Somali capital Mogadishu to discuss ways to enhance support provided by the global community to Somalia.

This is the first visit of a UAE delegation to Somalia in more than a decade and it coincided with agreement by the Somali leaders to support a new UN-backed interim constitution, potentially paving the way for the country’s first stable government in over two decades. The UAE delegation was headed by Faris Al Mazroui, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs.

UAE’s visit to Somalia comes at an important phase in the history of that country as the Transitional Federal Government is moving ahead towards the formation of the first permanent central government in Somalia ending the long process of transition.

“This is an historic day — today we have witnessed the completion of a task that has been worked on for the last eight years,” said Constitutional Affairs Minister Abdirahman Hosh Jabril.

Al Mazroui expressed happiness at the UAE’s participation in the international meeting held in the Somali capital. He said the UAE will continue to develop bilateral relations with the Somali people and their leaders.

“The convening of this international meeting in Mogadishu is of great importance as it reflects the significant progress that has been made by the Somalis and the international community to restore peace and security in the country. The UAE is ready to support the leadership in Somalia at this important time”, said Al Mazroui.