Somali President lauds UAE’s support for socio-economic development, peace, security and stability

WAM Mogadishu, 26th April 2013 (WAM) — The president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has paid profound gratitude to the leadership, government and people of the UAE for the generous support and assistance provided to the Somali people in various fields.

He also thanked the UAE for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him during his visit to Abu Dhabi in March and thanked the UAE authorities for the good treatment offered to the Somali community in the UAE.

The Somali president made his remarks during an audience with a high-level public-private delegation led by State Minister Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the first trip dealing with infrastructure, health, transport and energy in 30 years.

The UAE delegation met with top government officials including Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, and Foreign Minister Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan.

Dr. Al Jaber said the visit is in consistence with the UAE leadership’s keenness to support efforts aimed at preserving stability and achieving economic and social development in Somalia in order to meet its people’s aspirations for security and stability.

As he noted the marked improvement in the condition in Somalia, Dr. Al Jaber affirmed the UAE’s commitment to advance existing bilateral cooperation so as to serve interests of the two fraternal people.

The UAE minister said Somalia is blessed with a strategic geographic location and huge potentials and resources to deliver the aspired development, which he stressed, needs good institutional performance.

He also expressed the UAE’s support for a new international conference on the future of Somalia the UK will host in London on May 7.

Members of the UAE delegation conferred with their Somali counterparts and conducted field tours during which they explored avenues of joint cooperation in areas of infrastructure, marine transport and shipping, and energy. The two sides expressed satisfaction at efforts being made to boost bilateral ties and pledged to remove obstacles that could hinder progress of these relations and to promote constructive cooperation aimed realising aspirations of the two fraternal people.

The UAE delegation also toured the Emirates Peace Village where he inspected logistical and medical services the field hospital provides to Somali people. The UAE is a key donor of charitable, humanitarian and development aid to Somalia.

The two sides affirmed the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of Somalia and its independence and sovereignty over its lands as well as respect for its security and stability.

The Somali officials hailed the UAE’s unequivocal support for their country especially in fighting terrorism and maritime piracy.

Talks between the two sides covered the latest developments in the Arab and Islamic worlds and a variety of international issues of mutual concern.

Dr. Al Jaber lauded the role of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in maintaining stability and security in the country.