Minister for Africa condemns attack in Somalia
James Duddridge brands Al Shabaab attack on Somali civilians barbaric
Speaking after the attack James Duddridge, Minister for Africa, said:
I condemn this barbaric and indiscriminate attack on Somalis who were simply meeting with family and friends on Lido Beach. Our thoughts are with the people of Somalia, its government and the families of those injured and killed.
Attacks such as this are attempts to reverse the progress made by Somalia on its path toward peace and stability. The gains made so far in returning security to large parts of the country and in developing federal institutions within a federal state show how far Somalia has come. These are the foundation stones of a future Somalia that will provide the peace and prosperity that its people deserve. Elections in 2016 will further reinforce this progress.
The UK stands alongside Somalia as it confronts those who seek to destroy what has been achieved.
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