Somali leaderwelcomes “historic visit as UN opens new office in Somalia

President welcomes “historic visit demonstrating the UN’s unwavering support for
Somalia”, as UN opens new office in Somalia**

Mogadishu, 26 October 2013 – His Excellency Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of
the Federal Republic of Somalia, today welcomed Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Deputy
Secretary General of the United Nations, to Villa Somalia, praising the visit as
“historic” and the opening of a new UN office as a “vote of confidence in the new

The President and the Deputy Secretary General held press conference after their
meeting. The President said:

“Today’s visit is a historic event demonstrating the UN’s unwavering support as we
welcome the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ambassador Jan Eliasson,
to Somalia.

“The UN has shown its support and established a new office in Mogadishu. An
effective partnership with the UN is essential for the new Somalia and this will
enable us to work even closer together. Greatly improving coordination of
humanitarian aid and support, decision-making, efficiency and accountability.”

The President and Deputy Secretary General met to discuss the UN’s ongoing support
for Somalia and the challenges that lay ahead; including the upcoming UN Security
Council session on increased support for AMSIOM and Somali National Security Forces.
“Al-Shabaab are down but not dead, the Security Council must help to provide
Somalia and AMISOM with the tools to finish the job. The future security and
stability of Somalia relies on building a well-trained and resourced Somali National
Security Forces.”

“Our relationship goes back many years, through good times as well as bad. We
welcome your continued support of our government’s agenda of peace, security and
nation-building. With the support of UN, AMISOM and our international partners we
have already come a very long way in the past year. The world has seen the progress
we have made but we still have a long way to go on the road to a more peaceful and
prosperous Somalia. We are working for a Somalia that is at peace with itself and
its neighbors’, where its citizens can go about their daily lives in safety, and
provide for their families with confidence and dignity.

“I am delighted that the UN will be here to walk along that road with us” the
President said.” – ENDS – by Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), Senior Advisor & Spokesperson, Office of the
President of SomaliaXasan Garowe

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