UN Secretary General calls for international support for Somalia

UN Secretary General calls for international support for Somalia

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for “massive international support” for Somalia during his unannounced visit to the East African country, which is facing the worst drought in several years.

In a joint press briefing with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, Guterres told reporters he was in the country “to ring the alarm” on the need for massive international help.

The UN boss noted that Somali is battling with humanitarian difficulties while also combating a serious terrorism threat.

Guterres also thanked president Mohamud for the warm reception.

While responding, the Somali leader appreciated Guterres for demonstrating concern for his country.

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“This visit assures us that the U.N is fully committed to supporting our plans for state-building and stabilizing the country,” the president said. “We are confident that the Somali people will be able to overcome the problems and challenges they are still facing through the completion of the liberation of the country and reconciliation.”

During his visit to internally displaced people in Baidoa, southwest Somalia, the UN boss lauded the determination of residents to rebuild their lives despite huge challenges facing them.

“In the holy month of Ramadan, we need to have a generosity from the international community that is absolutely crucial to rescue these people that I have seen in this camp and that live in so dramatic circumstances,” Guterres said.

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