Responding to the appointment of a Council of Minsters by the Prime Minister of Somalia's Federal Government, the Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds gave a statement.
“The UK welcomes the appointment of a Council of Minsters by the Prime Minister of Somalia’s Federal Government on 4 November. This is another important milestone in the political process. I congratulate the Prime Minister on achieving this milestone in line with the 30 day time limit set out in the Provisional Constitution. I also welcome the historic inclusion of two women in senior positions in the Council; this is important recognition that women have a key role to play in the reconstruction of Somalia. I hope the Federal Parliament of Somalia can approve these appointments quickly, so that the Council of Ministers can start work on rebuilding their country.
“Over the coming months, I look forward to working closely with the new Council of Ministers as they address the significant challenges ahead such as strengthening security and justice, taking forward political reconciliation, stimulating the economy and strengthening public financial management. The Somali Government will have the continued support of the British Government as it does so.”