Qatar Participates in High-Level International Conference on Somalia

The State of Qatar has participated in the high-level international conference on Somalia, hosted by the British capital London. Qatar’s delegation to the meeting was headed by HE Director of the International Technical Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tariq Ali Al Ansari.

In his speech at the conference, HE Ambassador Al Ansari stressed the political will of the State of Qatar to continue to help the brotherly Somalia through political support and assistance amounting to about $ 385 million for the period 2011-2018 of which 200 million were pledged by the end of 2017.

HE Al Ansari stressed that the Qatari support is being coordinated with the Somali government, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN specialized agencies operating in Somalia.

He noted that there is coordination between the two countries to provide Qatari support to Somalia in the field of security sector reform, referring to the provision of 30 buses to support the transport sector.

HE also stressed the importance of the United Nations support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which provides great services for peacekeeping, protection of development and donor projects, in response to numerous appeals from the African Union and international resolutions.

HE Ambassador Al Ansari called on countries to start investing in Somalia to help the country be self-reliant and support its institutions.

HE noted the importance of the commitment of all parties to supporting the unity and territorial integrity of Somalia and respect for its sovereignty in accordance with the resolutions of the UN General Assembly, the Security Council, the Arab League, the African Union and the support of the federal government.

HE Ambassador Al Ansari stressed the need for some parties not to support the conflict and incite the Somali states against the government, allowing the armed groups and terrorist to harm Somalia.

It is worth mentioning that the final statement of the meeting focused on the pillars of humanitarian support, building the country’s capacities and institutions, recovery and self-reliance.