MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations and international community
have backed Somalia’s government and the federal member states
for agreeing to jointly fight insecurity, drought and
In a joint statement
released on Monday night in Mogadishu, the United Nations, the
United States, the European Union, the AMISOM, the
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other
partners lauded the political process the leaders achieved
during their consultations in Mogadishu.
Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia
Michael Keating welcomed in particular the agreement reached on
the key points of Somali national security architecture.
marks a major milestone for Somalia. It is a cornerstone of the
federal state building process and is a basis upon which
strengthened security can be built,” Keating said.
He said the National
Security Council chaired by the president, whose members include
regional leaders, will now have a critical role in driving
Keating said the
international community is committed to supporting the
government’s priorities including drought response and recovery,
increasing revenues and fighting corruption, and a comprehensive
approach to security.
consultations which ended in Mogadishu on Sunday, led by Somali
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and other senior officials,
the political leaders agreed to aid Somalia avert a potential
expressed concern over the deteriorating situation of the
drought, which has affected the lives of many people and
livestock and caused extensive displacement.
collectively appreciated the rescue efforts spearheaded by
Somali citizens, both in national and international levels and
as well the international community,” the leaders said in a
recognize the urgent need for strengthening the efforts to save
the lives of the needy, and have agreed upon that a clear plan
to avoid repeated drought is needed.
The leaders also
agreed upon that the plan for the election process in the year
2020, and that it should be started soon and accelerated.
“The leaders agreed on enhancing the country’s economy, income,
job creation, encouraging investment and trade and as well the
development of the country’s economic infrastructure,” they said.