Somalia seeks Arab support to counter terrorism, aide reconstruction

ِAhram Online, Saturday 28 Mar 2015

With support for Somalia one the main issues on the Arab Summit agenda, Somalia's president seeks Arab support on security and development

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has called for security cooperation with Arab leaders to help his country fight terrorism and in particular win the battle against Islamist militant group Al-Shabab. 

In his speech to the opening session in the 26th Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh Saturday, Mohamud said Al-Shabab is a huge threat to Somalia national security, citing the latest attack this morning on Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Saying Somalia needed support, Mohamud called for a Somalia reconstruction conference and requested that Arab countries open their markets to Somalia products.

Mohamud further asked for declsions already made with regards to Somalia to be implemented, such as exemption from debt and providing loans to Somalia.

Speaking about Yemen, Mohamud stressed that Somalia has a clear stance in which it supports the legitimate president, Abd Mansour Rabbu Hadi, and stability. "Somalia stands by Saudi Arabia and its allies participating in the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen," he said.

He added that Somalia will provide any facilities needed for the operation.

"Support for Somalia" is one of 11 main issues to be tackled on the 26th Arab Summit, held 28-29 March.

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