UAE foreign minister voices anti-piracy support for Somalia
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) foreign minister said here Wednesday
that his country will continue supporting the Somali people in their
fight against maritime piracy at the third UAE counter-piracy
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that in
2012, his government pledged 50 million US dollars to the Somali
government in support for economic and security projects.
economic progress and political stability in Somalia can further reduce
piracy in the Gulf of Aden and secure international trade on
international waters," said the minister.
He urged the
participating states of the conference "to send a clear message that
piracy will be fought by the international community."
UAE counter-piracy conference, focused on regional public-private
partnerships, started Wednesday in Dubai with the participation of 500
delegates from over 50 countries as well as the UN and the International
The conference, under the theme of
"countering maritime piracy: continued efforts for regional capacity
building," was inaugurated by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Gulf state is home to Dubai Ports World, the
world's third biggest port operator with a vital economic interest in
While pirate attacks have significantly dropped in the
Gulf of Aden and western Indian Ocean, there are still a reported 57
seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates.
The cost of piracy to the global economy is estimated at around 6 billion US dollars in 2012, according to the UAE government.
Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qerbi told Xinhua on the sidelines of the
conference that the situation in the Gulf of Aden has improved
significantly since the political progress in Somalia started in August
2012 to end the civil war which started in 1991.
while he is happy with the promised support by the oil-rich Gulf states,
he hopes "that the money would be really spent soon."