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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Somalia and UAE boost co-operation in fighting terrorism

DUBAI UAE (Xinhua) -- Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Monday discussed with visiting Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo ways to boost bilateral ties and cooperation in fighting terrorism.

Sheikh Mohammed, also deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces, and Farmajo affirmed the relations of “brotherhood” between the two countries, the UAE state news agency WAM reported.

They reviewed issues of common concern, especially development issues, humanitarian and charitable programs and reconstruction projects carried out by the UAE to support the Somali people, it said.

They also discussed ways of boosting cooperation in combating terrorism, violence and armed groups, as well as taking joint action to maintain security and stability in Somalia.

Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE will continue supporting Somalia and its people in building their national institutions and maintaining its security and stability.

For his part, the Somalian president briefed the host on his government’s efforts to implement development programs and fight terrorism.

He expressed his thanks for the UAE’s continued support to Somalia and its people, which contributed to the normalization of life in many Somalian regions, “both in terms of stability and development.” 

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EARLIER REPORT:

Al-Shabaab recaptures small town in southern Somalia: residents

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Militant group Al-Shabaab on Saturday retook a town in southern Somalia as joint Somali and African Union forces battled the insurgents in the region, according to local residents.

Residents in Bala’ad town in Middle Shabelle region said the fighters stormed Ged Faqi on the outskirts of Bala’d and overrun the area before hoisting their flags in a police station.

“The militants are patrolling streets in Ged Faqi and there are no security forces. They vacated the area,” a resident told Xinhua. There was no confirmation from the security forces.

Somali and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces early this month launched major operations in Lower and Middle Shabelle regions in what the African Union said will be sustained until the end of the year.

Somali information minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said this week the government will continue the attacks until the country is cleared of extremists.

The recapture of Ged Fagi comes a day after the Somali government said it has captured 19 Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region.

             

 

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