Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

8 January 2013

Ethiopia: Italy to Train 200 Police

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Italy, Guilio Terzi, said on Monday (January 7th) that his government was ready to train 200 Somali police this month.

He made the statement following discussions with Somali Foreign Minister, Fowzia Yusuf Haji Adan, in Rome. The two foreign ministers discussed ways of strengthening the post-transition state in Somalia and contributing to its stability and development. They discussed the major challenges facing the new Somali authorities in their effort to build solid state institutions.

The Italian Foreign Minister expressed his country's readiness to provide the necessary support for Somalia in the judicial, security and development sectors, both bilaterally and though European Union aid. The Somali Foreign Minister expressed her government's strong desire to build a "united state on a federal basis" and to ensuring key rights and freedoms in the country. Minister Guilio Terzi visited Mogadishu last October.

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