Qatar calls for solutions to Somali crisis


DOHA: The State of Qatar ha invited the international community to join forces to find radical solutions to the crisis in Somalia so that it can maintain its sovereignty and achieve national reconciliation, noting the efforts and concrete steps taken by Somalia at all levels for the benefit of the Somali people.

This came in a speech delivered by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, at the International Partnership Forum on Somalia on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium.

The Minister of State said that the broad participation of the international community in the Forum affirms the common will to find radical solutions to the Somali crisis so that the country can maintain its sovereignty, achieve national reconciliation, establish security on its territory, build its institutions and provide a decent living for its people. “This can only be achieved through joining the efforts of the international community,” he said.

“In order to build on the momentum that has been achieved, we must continue to make  initiatives to support Somalia, honour the commitments we made, respect Somalia’s sovereignty and not interfere in its internal affairs, in accordance with international law and the political declarations made in this regard, in addition to providing full support in the fight against terrorism, which we condemn regardless of its pretexts, and strengthening cooperation between the federal government and all its states without marginalising any party,” the Minister added.

He emphasized the importance of increasing support for African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), particularly the by United Nations, pursuant to Chapter VIII of the Charter.

He affirmed that the State of Qatar would continue providing relief assistance to Somalia and other affected countries, thus assuming its responsibility as an active and responsible member of the international community, out of the belief that peace, security, development and human rights are interdependent and are the only way to avoid extremism, violence and terrorism.