Qatar has reaffirmed its support to Somalia. It has pledged to help Somalia attain peace, stability, development, and security. It has vowed to help Somalia fight and defeat terrorism from the country.
Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world and it is plagued by hunger, underdevelopment, poor health care and terrorism. This renewed support comes in handy for the people of Somalia.
Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani made this announcement at the Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Contact Group on Somalia on Sunday.
“Qatar will continue to be a key supporter of the government and people of Somalia to realize their hopes and aspirations in building their state and achieving a prosperous future for coming generations. Time has come for Somalis to have a safe and stable life and that can only be achieved through realizing stability, security and creating new prospects for the comprehensive economic, social and cultural development that the Somali people deserve. Qatar takes up efforts to support the development of security capabilities, economic empowerment programs, creation of job for young people and implementation of development projects including roads, schools, and hospitals,” the deputy prime minister said.
Sheikh Mohamed stated that Qatar will help Somalia in re-branding its military in line with the United Nations efforts led by the African Union through the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
He also called for efforts to complete the pillars of democracy in Somalia to materialize the 2016 vision, hold the general elections scheduled for 2020-2021 and establish the principles of transparency, social justice and respect for human rights and the rule of law.
“There are many serious challenges still facing Somalia, and we should provide all aspects of support for facing these challenges. Perhaps, the most prominent of these challenges is terrorism and violent extremism,” he said.
Culled from www.gulf-times.com