British FM holds bilateral talks with African leaders on Somalia
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
British Foreign Secretary William Hague held bilateral talks with
several African leaders during an international conference on Somalia on
Tuesday in London.
Hague met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and
the two discussed how best to support the Somali government's
priorities for rebuilding the country, British Foreign Office said in a
Britain recognized Kenya's vital role as a neighbor of
Somalia, as a troop contributor to African Union (AU) Forces in the
country, and host to more Somali refugees than any other nation, the
They also discussed a range of bilateral issues
and how Britain and Kenya would work together on regional security,
prosperity and development.
Hague met Ethiopian Prime Minister
Hailemariam Desalegn and discussed how the international community could
support the Somali government's priorities for rebuilding the country.
The Foreign Secretary also acknowledged the important role Ethiopia has played in bringing greater stability in Somalia.
a wide-ranging and positive meeting, Hague and the Ugandan Foreign
Minister Sam Kutesa discussed the Britain-Uganda bilateral relationship.
two also discussed Uganda's leading role in efforts to bring stability
in Somalia and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), and trade and investment opportunities, according to the Foreign
While meeting with Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf
of Djibouti, Hague expressed his appreciation for Djibouti's
contribution to bringing peace and security in Somalia.
discussed the strengthening of ties between Britain and Djibouti and
commercial opportunities, ahead of the first Britain-Djibouti trade and
An international conference on Somalia was held
in London on Tuesday, where consensus were reached to provide security,
justice and public financial management support to the Somali
government as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict.
The conference, co-hosted by Britain and Somalia, was attended by representatives from 54 countries and organizations.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud delivered the opening speech, putting
up his government's Six Pillar Policy Framework on rebuilding the
country and calling for international support.