Qatar offers $18m in support to Somali government
Thursday, May 09, 2013
LONDON: HE Qatari Minister Of State For Foreign Affairs Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, has announced that his country has offered $18 million in contribution to the somali government to help carry out four pillars dealing with consolidating the infrastructre projects, the development projects, updating the management institutions and supporting the health care and education.
HE Al Attiyah said in his address before the London Conference on Somalia that this comes in continuation to Qatar's stand besides the brethren in Somalia and out of its due keenness to maintain security, stability and growth of the Republic of Somlia.
The conference jointly organised by the governments of both Britain and Somalia aims at attacting international support to the somali government in quest of reconstructing the state after two decades of disputes.
HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah stressed the need to sincere efforts to fight the chaos and corruption and to hard and serious working to put aside the pending differences in order to build and activate the state institutions in Somalia, to work on maintaining the national unity, restoring order and enhancing the rule of law and effective partnership between the governmental and non-governmental parties in all political, security, economic, social and humanitarian areas to realize the sustainable development for the Somali people.
Concluding his address, HE the Qatari senior official affirmed the State of Qatar's strict commitment to contribute to the implementation of the London conference's resolutions to achieve aspirations of the Somali people in security, stability and sustainable development.
It is worth to mention that some of the participant countries have offered their respective contributions to Somalia including Denmark which offered 70 million dollar for justice, Uk 50 million dollars,US 40 million dollars, Europe 40 million euro for the army, Qatar 18 million dollars and Turkey 10 million dollars for the army.
Representatives from more than 50 countries and organizations were attending the one-day meeting, aimed at helping Somalia in its recovery from over two decades of conflict.
Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability.
In 2011, Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu and last year new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government.
About 260,000 people died in the famine in Somalia in October 2010 - April 2012, according to a recent report. (QNA).
Source: The Peninsula