5 February 2013

Somalia: British Government Pledges Aid to Somalia

The British government has pledged almost 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) in aid to Somalia, the BBC reported.

The funds will be divided into two parts, with 1.47 million pounds ($2.31 million) going to the Somali government and 1.5 million pounds ($2.36 million) providing food aid for an estimated 60,000 malnourished mothers and children, said British Secretary for International Development Justine Greening.

"It is vital that we make the most of the close links between our two countries as Somalia rebuilds its democracy," she said. "After last September's elections, Somalia now has a real chance to make progress towards stability and peace after 21 years of conflict."

The British government has already pledged an annual 63 million pounds ($99 million) in aid and to other projects to Somalia, including job creation, schools and health clinics.

The aid was announced during Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's visit to London, in which he met with several high-ranking British government officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron and Mohamud are due to co-host an international conference on Somalia in the United Kingdom on May 7th.

Somali parliamentarians are expected to visit London in the coming months for advice and training from parliamentary and constitutional experts as part of a joint programme with Norway.

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