x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

UAE 'ready to support Somalia leadership'

Emirati delegations visits Mogadishu.

The UAE has backed global efforts to bring stability to Somalia in an international meeting in Mogadishu.

The first visit of a UAE delegation to Somalia in more than a decade was headed by Faris Al Mazroui, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs, the state news agency Wam reported.

It coincided with Somali leaders supporting a UN-backed interim constitution for a strong federal government.

"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," Mr Mazroui said. "The UAE is ready to support the leadership in Somalia at this important time."

Somalia's transitional government's mandate ends on August 20. Two suicide bombers attacked a conference in Mogadishu on Wednesday but failed to stop Somali leaders from voting on the constitution.

"In less than two weeks, the leaders in Somalia have to achieve the long cherished aspirations of the Somali people, and the progress that has been made today is historic even in the face of the attempted attack by those who seek to prevent progress in Somalia," Mr Mazroui said.