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US says it supports Somalia to ensure stable government
Friday, May 10, 2013

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The US State Department on Thursday said that US assistance to Somalia was aimed at helping to ensure a stable government and to prevent terrorists from establishing a safe haven in the country.

In a brief note made available to PANA in New York, the State Department said that the US government was a supporter of Somalia's efforts to establish a stable government, addressing humanitarian issues and preventing the country from falling into the hands of terrorists.

"Thanks to the hard-won successes of Somali and international security forces in Somalia, US assistance reaches some areas previously inaccessible due to security concerns," it stated.

It noted that Somalia's government was recognized by the US in January and the US government had provided more than US$1.5 billion in assistance to the country since 2009.

The US State Department also acknowledged the political gains so far made in Somalia, but said that more help was needed from the international community to ensure long-term stability.


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