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.
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.”
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 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.
minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said this week the government
will continue the attacks until the country is cleared of
The recapture of Ged
Fagi comes a day after the Somali government said it has
captured 19 Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region.