Somali Government concerned by the worsening situation of Somali refugees in Yemen

The Somali Council of Ministers today expressed concern over the worsening situation faced by Somali refugees in Yemen. The council appointed a new ministerial level task force to investigate the conditions of the refugees and make recommendations, including, if necessary, the possible immediate repatriation to Somalia.

“The council of ministers has received a report from the Somali delegation that visited Yemen this week and are deeply saddened to hear of the worsening situation faced by Somali refugees in the country,’” Deputy Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Postal Services H.E. Abdishakur Ali Mire said at a press conference after the council meeting.

Chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting, His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon ordered an urgent response to this potential crisis and called on immediate action to be taken by all stakeholders to resolve the situation.

“The tragic situation of the refugees reported today in front of this council needs an urgent response to safeguard innocent lives and dignify many others,” Prime Minister said, as the council nominated a five member committee that will travel to Yemen seeking a humanitarian and diplomatic solution for the Somali refugee’s crisis.

The Council of Ministers also discussed bilateral relations with Kenya, including the renewed support of the new Kenyan Government to Somalia. The Ministers welcomed President Kenyatta’s reaffirmation of support to improve security and to combat collectively the threat of terrorism in the region.

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