UK: AU boss Mahamat drums up global support for Somalia

London, UK (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has underlined the need to redouble international efforts in support of Somalia to allow the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, to overcome the many challenges facing the country.

During high-level consultations he held on the margins of the London Conference on Somalia on Thursday, Mr. Mahamat stressed the importance to support the full implementation of the newly adopted national security architecture in order to prop up Somalia security forces as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)'s exit strategy.

According to brief issued by the AUC on Friday, the Chairperson also called for a mobilization of predictable and sustainable funding for AMISOM, stressing that the current situation was untenable.

Mr. Mahamat further appealed for humanitarian assistance commensurate with the challenges at hand as he exchanged views with his interlocutors on the recent developments in Libya, Northern Mali and Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, Guinea Bissau, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region.

The Chairperson met with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Somalia President  Mohamed.

He also had consultations with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, and Denmark's State Secretary for International Cooperation Martin Bille.

Others who held bilateral discussions with Mr. Mahamat were the Vice President of the European Union Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit.
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12 مايو 2017 10:27:27

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