DOHA: The State of Qatar stressed that it will continue to be a key supporter of Somalia and will spare no effort in providing the necessary assistance, noting that it has provided aid to the plans and programmes of the Somali federal government in several areas. This came in a statement delivered by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi before the Ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Somalia, held in Mogadishu.
Al Muraikhi said that the State of Qatar has supported the development of security capacities, economic empowerment, and job creation programmes for young people in Somalia and has supported the trust fund for peace and reconciliation, adding that the State of Qatar has implemented development projects including schools, hospitals, clinics, homes for the poor and income-generating projects.
He pointed out that Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar Charity carried out humanitarian aid and a package of development projects worth $200m, including the construction and rehabilitation of government buildings and roads connecting the capital Mogadishu to the cities of Jowhar and Afgooye. He added that the State of Qatar is implementing the road projects at the latest and highest engineering and global specifications.
The Minister reiterated Qatar’s continued support for the government of Somalia and the Somali people to realise their hopes and aspirations to build their nation, ensure a prosperous future for next generations, and preserve Somalia’s unity and sovereignty. He said that the Ministerial Contact Group reflects the commitment of Member States to support Somalia, in line with the outcome of the Final Communique of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Istanbul in April 2016, and in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the last of which was the resolution adopted at the session in Dhaka in May 2018 to call on the Contact Group to convene a meeting under the chairmanship of the State of Qatar in Mogadishu to assess the progress made by the Somali people and Government.
He said that there are many positive developments in Somalia, noting the progress made in terms of security, as well as political, administrative, and humanitarian development. He then expressed his appreciation to all the efforts that help Somalia face the many challenges it had. He stressed that, as Somalia faces a critical juncture in its journey towards stability and prosperity, that it was important to hold onto those gains and to overcome the other critical challenges facing the country, such as terrorism and violent extremism.
He said that Somalia has made significant progress after the conclusion of the transitional period, and the establishment of the federal government with its executive and legislative branches, the formation of federal states, the success of parliamentary and presidential elections, and the peaceful transfer of power.
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