Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Somalia: European Union Pledges to Increase Support for Somalia

European Union leaders on Wednesday (January 30th) promised to institute an economic and political support programme for Somalia during Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's visit to Brussels, the first stop on his EU tour, AFP reported.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced that the European Union would host a global conference in the autumn to "come up with a New Deal for Somalia that will help deliver political, security and development support".

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said that all parties have agreed to enhance EU-Somali relations. "We believe there is a real commitment to go forward," he said.

The EU has contributed 600 million euros ($814 million) to Somalia over the last five years as part of a three-pronged approach of defence, diplomacy and development.

Mohamud said his nation needs greater support to move from being a country "in relief" to one in recovery. "Everything is zero, everything has to be started from scratch," he said. "And we cannot do it alone."

Mohamud is scheduled to meet with the EU's 27 foreign ministers on Thursday before departing for London.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Sabahi. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.