Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds visits Ethiopia to discuss Somalia Conference
The Minister for Africa met Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra, along with senior officials from key regional organisation.
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The aim of the Minister for Africa’s visit was to discuss with the African Union (AU), AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries and Ethiopia the Somalia Conference in London to be held on 7 May 2013. The conference will be co-hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Speaking about his visit, Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds MP said:
“The Somalia Conference taking place in London on 7 May will be co-hosted with the Government of Somalia. Its aim will be to provide international commitment and support for the Government of Somalia’s immediate priorities as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict: rebuilding its armed forces, police, justice and public financial management systems. It is one of a series of events in 2013 in which the UN, AU, EU and others are creating opportunities to drive forward progress in Somalia.
Regional actors have played an instrumental role in maintaining stability and security in Somalia. I have commended their efforts during my meetings with officials in the region. Their continued support and that of the wider international community over the coming months will make a real difference to the new Government of Somalia in delivering its priorities. And that support will help create the conditions on the ground which will allow the people of Somalia to rebuild their lives.”
The Minister for Africa recently attended the 20th African Union Summit in Ethiopia where he co-chaired with the Somali Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister a meeting of international partners on Somalia.