Kenya seeks UAE cash to fight Shabaab in Somalia
Kenya is working with rich Arab nations to stabilise Somalia as it seeks to stop attacks by Al-Shabaab militants trained in the lawless country.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said the country has embarked on winning the hearts and minds of the Somali people to speed up the military exit, stabilise the country and stop radicalising youths.
She said the country was working with resource-rich United Arab Emirates, countries in the Arab League as well as other development partners, to rebuild and stabilise Somalia.
Somalia: UN envoy applauds successes as country ‘comes together’
The top United Nations official in Somalia today lauded the progress made in the Horn of Africa country amid military and political gains on the ground and a successful partnership between international and national stakeholders.
Briefing the UN press corps at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York and following an informal interactive dialogue with the Security Council held earlier in the day, Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), told reporters that the situation in the country remained a “distinctive bright spot” on the Council’s agenda as the nation continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security.
Somali PM predicts defeat of Shabaab by end of 2015
Somalia’s prime minister predicted Monday that al-Shabaab extremists will be defeated militarily by the end of the year but he said tackling the root causes that attract young people to the al-Qaeda-linked group will take some time.
Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council that there may be increased attacks during June when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins, which al-Shabaab has done in recent years.