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Ethiopia is to further strengthen support to Somalia: official

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Laaska news  Nov.24,2011

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said here on Wednesday that Ethiopia will further strengthen the ongoing all-rounded support to Somalia.

While discussing with a delegation led by the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) Parliament Speaker  Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden, Hailemariam said Ethiopia will further enhance its support toward maintaining peace and security in Somalia through Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

He said measures against Al-Shabab will be taken jointly with IGAD member countries, the African Union and the international community, according to the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dina Mufti.

Sheikh Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden told journalists after the discussion that the discussion focused on issues related to the current drought and security in Somalia.

He said that discussion was also held on the implementation of the agreement reached in Kampala, Uganda to bring an end to the chaos in Somalia and also on ways to work together to maintain peace and stability in the region.

The speaker called on Ethiopia and IGAD member states to provide assistance for the election to be held in the coming year in Somalia.

Laaska News.