15 November 2012

South Africa Congratulates Somalia On the Endorsement of Its New Cabinet

press release

On behalf of the people and the Government of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma extends hearty congratulations to the new Somali Ministers, the government and the people of the Federal Republic of Somalia following the recent endorsement by the Somali Parliament of the country's new Cabinet.

President Zuma said: "South Africa commends Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shiridon, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and the Somali Federal Parliament in their decision to assemble a Cabinet. The ministerial appointments give hope to the people of Somalia, as well as the international community, that Somalia is indeed on the road to recovery.

"This marks a new dawn for a state embarking on nation-building, reconciliation, economic recovery and capacitating of various government institutions, which will in turn translate itself into practical democratic gains on the ground. The Cabinet will also play a critical role in executing the vision developed by President Mohamoud that will serve as a foundation upon which Somalis will rebuild their country together with essential international partners, including South Africa.

"The Government of South Africa remains committed to strengthening its relations with the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia and developing strong collaboration and interaction between our two countries and peoples at various levels, especially at the Ministerial levels now that the new Cabinet has been confirmed."

For further information, please contact:

Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO

Cell: +27 82 884 5974

Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

15 Nov 2012

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