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Somalia: Somali Government Urges Arab Countries to to Set Up Diplomatic Presence in Mogadishu

26jSomali government has urged the Arab League nations to set up their diplomatic presence in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Bur'i Mohamed Hamza has met on Tuesday afternoon with the Arab League Representative for Somalia Ambassador Mohamed Abdalla Idiris who has visited Mogadishu.
During the meeting the both sides discussed the humanitarian activities, as well executing the Arab League's pledge on Somalia reconstruction following the post conflict period in Somalia.
On his side Mr Hamza has called the Arab League to continue its brotherly helping hand to the Somali people and as well to establish a full presence in Somalia.

Nairobi to open mission in Mogadishu

rutoAbdiwali200214Kenya and the Somalia governments have renewed their commitment to eliminate the Al Shabaab militants and other terror gangs from the region. In a meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and Somalia Prime Minister Abdiwali Mohamed, during which Nairobi promised to set up an embassy in Mogadishu, Mr Ruto maintained that the fight against terrorism does not need any ‘justification, explanation or apology’. “We have underscored the commitment of the Federal Government of Somalia and that of the Republic of Kenya to the fight against Al Shabaab and all manner of terrorism in our region,” said Ruto. “We have agreed that we shall expedite the setting up of an embassy in Mogadishu by June this year, as a demonstration of brotherhood that exists between our two countries,” he added. The Somalia PM said they are determined to wipe up the militia by the end of this year but admitted that Al Shabaab still control significant parts of Somalia.

UN warns of 'grave' food shortage in Somalia

barakacayaal0More than 850,000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and are living "in crisis and emergency conditions", the director of UN humanitarian operations has said.
John Ging, who just returned from a three-day visit to Somalia, said on Wednesday that another two million Somalis out of a total population of 10 million were considered to be "food insecure".
"These figures are very, very large," he told a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York. "They tell us a simple message which is that the situation in Somalia for Somalis on the humanitarian side is very grave. It's also very fragile."
Ging said the UN World Food Programme's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit reported this month that 857,000 Somalis were in acute crisis conditions and required urgent humanitarian assistance.
This is "a modest improvement" from the previous six months when 870,000 Somalis desperately needed food, he said.

Turkey’s support to Somalia will continue

turkiga00Turkey has pledged to maintain direct budget support this year for war-ravaged Somalia, contradicting an earlier report that it had cut off the assistance to the east African country.
Turkish and Somali government officials told Reuters last week the financial support had stopped at the end of 2013 and that there were no immediate plans to resume it.
The Turkish foreign ministry said late on Sunday that Ankara planned to continue the aid payments, which are a major source of funding for Somalia’s government as it struggles to rebuild the country after more than two decades of chaos.

BREAKING NEWS:Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian Airlines plane, flies to Geneva, seeks asylum

ethiopiaflyA co-pilot on an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Rome hijacked the airliner early Monday morning and flew it to Geneva, Switzerland, looking for asylum.
The man, an Ethiopian in his early 30s, was arrested when the plane landed at Geneva International Airport, police said. The 202 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 767-300 were not harmed.

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