26 February 2013

Somalia: British Ambassador Meets With Puntland Leader

Garowe, Somalia — British Ambassador to Somalia, Matt Baugh led a delegation of officials to meet with Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole in Garowe on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

After landing at Garowe International airport, Ambassador Baugh led a delegation that included Head of UK's Department for International Development (DFID) for Somalia Joanna Reid and met with Puntland President Farole and Vice President Abdisamad Ali Shire, Minister of Security Khalif Isse Mudan, Minister of Education Abdi Farah Juha and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Daud Mohamed Omar.

After the ambassador met with President Farole the two officials gave a brief press statement on their meeting on Tuesday.

President Farole said that they had discussed the ongoing democratization process in Puntland and how the British government supports the process.

"We discussed a number of issues including development projects in Puntland, security, the democratization process which the British government has given full support for and issues regarding all of Somalia," said President Farole.

Ambassador Baugh firstly thanked the Puntland government for their welcome and issued his condolences to the family of Sheikh Abdiqadir - who was recently assassinated in Garowe - he also said that the British government would give its support in counter-terrorism projects in Puntland.

"I want to express the British government's sincerest wishes to help Puntland combat those [security] threats and address them together," said Ambassador Baugh.

He also said that the British government supports the democratization process in Puntland so that it can achieve, "a credible, fair and safe election".

Earlier this month, in a press release from the DFID pledged to help build "a new democratic government and federal parliament," as well as deliver development aid.

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