UAE to Help Somalia Rebuild Its Army

Somali armyThe Government of UAE will help Somali government to rebuild its army, which has endured more than 20 years of chaos and war.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed is on an official visit to Dubai, and has met top government officials of the UAE and also discussed on ways of strengthening the bilateral cooperation and continuation of the UAE humanitarian aid assist.

”My trip is aimed at strengthening the already close relationship between Somalia and the UAE. The UAE is a great friend and supporter of Somalia, taking an active part in rebuilding our government institutions and infrastructure and aiding social and youth development,” he said in a Press statement.

In March 2013, Somali government and UAE signed a memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral cooperation. The agreement renews formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, and also focuses on the political, security, economic, investment and development sectors.

UAE has already implemented and currently on-going development projects in different parts of Somalia. It funded the training program of the Puntland Maritime Police force which was conducted by Saracen International and South Africa-linked private military operator Sterling Corporate Services.

The Development and International Co-operation Ministry of the UAE revealed that it had contributed some US$60 million in humanitarian and development aid in the war-ravaged Country.

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