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Somalia, Qatar discuss ties on sidelines of United Kingdom meet

14 May 2017

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, (2L), President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (C) and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (2R) attend a national security session at the London Somalia Conference at Lancaster House in London on Thursday.

Speaking at the conference, Guterres said the United Nations had presented a revised humanitarian response plan for Somalia, seeking an additional $900 million by end of year.

Theresa May has met with African leaders as she prepared to shore up the UK's commitment to improving stability in Somalia.

The UN Secretary General said growing food insecurity is affecting millions of Somalis.

May said Somalia had made progress since five years ago, when al Shabaab controlled large parts of it, piracy was costing global trade $7 billion a year and the country was recovering from a starvation that killed a quarter of a million people.

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He explained that light weapons like the AK-47 rifles now being used by their security forces are proving inadequate when dealing with heavy equipment used by al-Shabaab militant group.

The Somali president called on the worldwide community to assist his country in countering terrorism, corruption and poverty.

USA counter-terrorism and security advisors have been present in Somalia for at least the past decade and have carried out at least 42 drone strikes since 2007, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

May noted that due to the remarkable achievements and enormous sacrifices Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ugandan, Burundian and Djiboutian forces paid in Somalia, the country's peace has shown a progress during the past five years.

USA forces also assist Somali troops in operations against Shabaab, and last week a Navy SEAL was killed during a night-time raid outside Mogadishu.

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"It's very important and very helpful for us to have little more flexibility, a little bit more timeliness, in terms of decision-making process", General Waldhauser said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to commit more troops to the Horn Of Africa country to help stabilise it.

"More funding is urgently needed to address the crisis and we hope that the conference will result in increased humanitarian finance".

The U.S. military has acknowledged the problem. "World Health Organization added that if the current drought situation continues, 'famine could soon be a reality"..."

"I think the president has a good plan to present to the conference on rebuilding the army and its capacity, this has never happened before".

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Somalia, Qatar discuss ties on sidelines of United Kingdom meet