Prime Minister welcomes latest high-level EU visit to Mogadishu

Press Release

Every day brings fresh evidence of Somalia returning to play an active role in the community of nations, the Prime Minister said today as he welcomed a high-level European Union visit to the Somali capital.

Speaking as the President opened a new session of Parliament, the PM said the visit by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service (EEAS) of the EU, testified to the country’s strengthening international relations after years of isolation.

“I am very encouraged to see this visit, which focuses on reinforcing Somali security,” the Prime Minister said. “The EU is a valuable partner which has provided financial support to AMISOM and the Somali police for the past five years. It is also playing a critical role training Somali forces who will be the backbone of our national security in the years to come.”

Mr Popowski met the Minister of Defence, Abdihakim Mohamud Haji Fiqi, and the Minister of Internal Security, Abdikarim Hussein Guled. They discussed the government’s plans to develop the security sector and how the EU is aligning its security support with these new priorities.

“Stabilizing Somalia is a priority for the European Union and for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. We do so in partnership with the Somalis and the African Union,” said Mr Popowski. “Together we are confident that, step by step, stability and security will be restored in Somalia.”

ENDS

Ahmed Adan

Prime Minister’s Media Office

 

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