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Somali states to form joint force to fight Al-Shabaab

Federal Member States in Somalia have announced the creation of a new force to fight the activities of Al-Shabaab in the country. According to a communiqué released on Thursday, Somalia’s Council of Interstate Cooperation has agreed to draw 1,000 soldiers from each Federal Member State, to “integrate and train them together for smooth, seamless and […]

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Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the twin suicide attacks that hit Saturday Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, and reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the Somali people and Government. In a statement by his spokesperson, Guterres said “He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in […]

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EU to provide €100 million to Somalia

The EU and Somalia signed Sunday (Oct. 14) an agreement to provide €100 million to the Somali budget over the next two and a half years. These funds will support the Federal Government’s reforms to build a unified, federal state. Somalia is on a positive track towards stability and growth. The EU’s move to budget […]

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Ex-Somali insurgent leader announces entry into politics

The former No. 2 leader of Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur has announced his candidacy for leadership of the southwest regional administration on Thursday, October 4. The one-time candidate on the United States terror list wants to become president of the country’s South West regional state. He will contest against an incumbent, […]

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Somalia: 200,000 bags of charcoal smuggled out to Iraq – VOA

Over 200,000 bags of Somali charcoal arrived in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, a Somali official at the United Nations told the VOA on Monday. According to the U.S. radio, Somalia regretted how over two hundred thousand bags of charcoal had left the country. Somalia is losing trees at an alarming rate to an […]

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Horn of Africa nations urge UN to lift Eritrea sanctions

Ethiopia and Somalia last weekend reiterated calls to the United Nations General Assembly for the lifting of sanctions on neighboring Eritrea. In July, the United Nations chief said he believed the need for UN sanctions against Eritrea will no longer exist following its peace deal with Ethiopia. The Security Council imposed sanctions in 2009 on […]

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Horn of Africa: UN welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday’s meeting in Djibouti with the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. The meeting, held on September 6 in Djibouti, resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Through his spokesman, the UN chief stressed that “the […]

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Horn of Africa: Tripartite summit to end Djibouti-Eritrea border dispute

Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed on Tuesday to initiate dialogue to resolve a border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti, Abdinur Mohamed, the communications director in the office of the Somali president said. The leaders of the three Horn of African nations met in the Eritrean capital of Asmara and agreed to resolve the impasse […]

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Theresa May in Africa to boost post-Brexit fortunes

British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya this week on her first African tour to “deepen and strengthen” partnerships as the UK prepares to leave the EU in 2019. The trip “comes at a time of enormous change across Africa with a unique opportunity, as the UK moves towards […]

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Eritrea, Somalia poised to boost ties

An Eritrean government delegation, headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Osman Saleh and presidential advisor Yemane Gebreab, is currently holding high-level meetings in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The delegation members met with Prime Minister Hassan Khayre and President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed who briefed them on progress made to take up Somalia’s domestic and external challenges. The […]

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