UK commends Ethiopia’s enormous sacrifices to Somalia peace

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held talks in London Thursday with his United Kingdom counterpart, Theresa May on ways of supporting Somali government in its fight against Al-Shabaab.

While conferring at the sidelines of the International Conference on Somalia, UK’s Prime Minister May appreciated the sacrifice AMSIOM force contributing countries have been paying to restore peace and stability in Somalia.

May noted that due to the remarkable achievements and enormous sacrifices Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ugandan, Burundian and Djiboutian forces paid in Somalia, the country’s peace has shown a progress during the past five years.

The premier affirmed her government’s support for efforts to enable Somalia a peaceful, stable and prosperous nation.

Hailemariam briefed May on efforts Ethiopia has made under the umbrella of African Union Mission in Somalia / AMISOM/ that bored fruits to restore peace and stability in the country after two decades of chaos.

The premier said AMISIOM forces weaken Al-Shabaab and forced it to leave from its strongholds in Somalia.

He added that the regional forces waged successful campaigns that significantly reduced the support and revenue Al-Shabaab obtained from various sources.

‘’Despite our success to weaken Al-Shabaab and its ability to command forces, the group still has the capacity to pose the challenge on Somali government and beyond,’’ Hailemariam told the UK premier.

He stressed AMISOM and Somali National Army should wage a coordinated attack against Al-Shabaab to reverse the threat.

Stating the need to strengthen Somali National Army to take over the responsibility from AMISOM, the premier called on the international community including the UK to extend the necessary political, financial and logistical supports.

Appreciating the decision made to lift Somalia’s army embargo up partially, Hailemariam expressed his belief that the decision would help the country to strengthen capacity to fight Al -Shabaab.

Drought induced Cholera epidemic in Somalia posed a serious health threat in the region, he said and called on the international community to intervene urgently.

©Alleastafrica and The Ethiopian Herald

2 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: UK commends Ethiopia’s enormous sacrifices to Somalia peace, May 13, 2017

    Commentary, 13 May 2017
    Respectable Leaders may congratulate each other, hundred and one times, on the “enormous sacrifices” they are making for the sake of “Somalia’s peace”. But the cardinal question and concentration should really be whether or not the Somalis themselves are making progress on their internal problem. It goes without saying, the internal problem of the Somalis must be solved by the Somalis themselves in their best sociopolitical and sociological background. It is outright absurd to even hint that other entities will know the Somalis better than the Somalis know themselves!!! Leave the Somalis to solve their own problem in their own sociological and cultural norms. We must reject the notion, or the implication, that the off-springs of colonial masters would know the African problem better than the Africans themselves!!!

    We have seen African countries also colluding with Western countries to solve the problem of Somalia while they conveniently and shamelessly hide their own standing shameful problems at home! It must be understood that the Western countries who pretend to have soft hearts for Africa, with photos and artificial smiles and receptions, is simply outright charade. What they are doing is securing their own interest in Africa. Their history on Africa is not that far away. The only change that we are observing is a sophisticated modern day colonialism. The ultimate objective of long past, however, will NEVER change. We have observed, with sadness, that most African leaders with inferiority complex and hungry for acceptance will go along with artificial political reception by the old crafty colonial masters. Sadly, the demeaning attitude of colonial masters towards Black Africans will take a string of generations to wane.

    Let African Intellectuals of the highest level of Western education, with the top-most accreditation of Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D) tell us the history of Africa under the yoke of Colonialism for hundred years. Let them tell us the psychological horror and cruelty of colonialism perpetrated upon The African Child. Let them tell us the arresting of the Mind is equivalent to rendering an entire society as walking zombies for generations to come! It is unmitigated historical crime, but free from justice! What a world!!! THE END

  2. Subject:UK commends Ethiopia’s enormous sacrifices to Somalia peace, May 13, 2017

    Addendum
    With reference to the first paragraph of my commentary above I wish to bring to the attention of Readers about two Somali refugees with high government posts in the USA and Canada.

    Ms Ilhan Omar 34 years old, emigrated to USA at the age of 14; she is now elected in the State House of Representatives in Minnesota, USA

    Mr. Ahmed Hassen, 41 years old, emigrated to Canada at the age of 16; he is now Federal Minister of Immigration and Citizenship of Canada.
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    P.S. I am not a Somali but I have admiration and respect for the courageous Somalis. The Somali people are in deep internal problem right now and it is their responsibility to ‘clean and put their House in order’ PERIOD.

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