London – The UK hosted today a major international conference in London, to accelerate progress on security sector reform, build on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis, and agree the new international partnership needed to keep Somalia on course for increased peace and prosperity in the coming years.

The conference, co-chaired by UN and the United Nations (UN), brought together Heads of State and Government from across East Africa, Foreign Ministers of some Arab countries and other key partners, along with senior figures from international organizations.

HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Thani headed the State of Qatar’s delegation to the conference.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the international community and the donor community to raise an additional USD 900 million to help Somalia this year to combat the severe drought that is tearing the country apart.

Guterres noted that Somalia is at a moment which is both “tragic and hopeful” and “can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need” in the world.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech about the importance of building a stable and prosperous future for Somalia.

Theresa May pledged her country’s long-term commitment to bolster Somali security forces and accelerate aid to Somalia, where nearly 6 million people are suffering from food shortages.

She explained that the aim of strengthening the capacity of the Somali security forces is to address and eliminate Al Shabaab militant group, and to improve the control of Somali forces on the security situation in the country.

For his part, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called for the lifting of the arms embargo on his country so that it can confront “terrorism” and stop the threats of Al Shabaab movement.

In his speech at the London International Conference on Somalia, Farmajo stressed that his government needs the military tools necessary to defeat Al Shabaab.

The conference discussed means to support the stability of Somalia and ensure the achievement of the security and prosperity plan 2020 by strengthening security and countering the phenomenon of terrorism as well as facing economic challenges. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency