Foreign Secretary William Hague announces an additional ?10 million support to Somalia

LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 27, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? During the High Level Event on Somalia convened last night by the UN Secretary General, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague underlined the UK?s commitment to support Somalia as the country enters a new chapter in its history. The Foreign Secretary welcomed the recent progress made, and announced an additional ?10 million to help the new government of Somalia with its immediate needs.

The Foreign Secretary called for a new Somali-led partnership between Somalia and the international community based on principles of mutual accountability, good governance and financial transparency.

Speaking after last night?s event, the Foreign Secretary said:

?The UK stands ready to support the new Somali government and its people, to capitalise on the wave of good will, confidence and optimism sweeping through the country, and to steer Somalia further along the road to peace and recovery. I welcome the statements made by President Hassan Sheikh on the need to tackle corruption. The UK?s additional support will go towards helping the new government with its immediate needs, such as promoting governance and accountability, increasing the capacity of government institutions, helping resolve constitutional issues, security and justice, and developing a free media. As a sign of our long-term commitment to Somalia, the UK also plans to open a new Embassy in Mogadishu next spring, if security conditions permit.?

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United Kingdom ? Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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