UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to tour Kenya after Somalia visit

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson helps to load supplies for treating malnourished children affected by the severe drought in Somalia onto a cargo plane at Mogadishu International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Karel Prinsloo/UNICEF/Handout via REUTERS

Boris Johnson, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on Wednesday reaffirmed UK’s commitment to working with Somalia’s new leadership.

He said they will team up with the administration “to build a more stable, secure and prosperous country”.

Boris is set to tour Kenya following the successful Mogadishu trip where he held a meeting with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at the Villa Somalia.

“I was delighted to meet with newly elected President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Khayre,” Boris said in a statement to the media.

“I heard about their plans and priorities. We discussed how we can work together to improve security and deliver the economic development that Somali people need.”

The Wednesday tour of Somalia was Boris’ first since his appointment in July 2016.

He also visited the UN Joint Mission Training Centre where British military personnel trains Somalia army and AMISOM forces.

The official said there is a significant impact of UK’s support in training Somali armed forces.

“All of this is vital if Somalia is going to move forward to achieve long-term stability and prosperity,” he said.

Discussions on regional security, the May 11 London Somalia conference, and the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018 featured in the meeting.

The London meet will be co-chaired by the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations.

Boris said this is in line with UK’s commitment towards helping Somalia prevent famine as well as rally international community to support to the country.

The Foreign Secretary will also visit Ethiopia and Uganda in efforts to bolster ties between UK and the African states.

The statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Boris underscored the importance of accelerating progress on long-term security, stability, and economic development to ensure Somalia becomes resilient to crises.”

He also visited the UN Drought Operation Coordination Centre (DOCC).

While here, Boris assessed the impact of the UK’s humanitarian contribution of £110 million (Sh13 billion) towards drought response in Somalia.

The Foreign Secretary also met regional leaders to discuss the importance of working together to build a stable federal settlement.

“He spoke with British Somali members of Parliament, commending them for their work in helping to rebuild Somalia,” FCO said.

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