British, UN leaders to address Somalia humanitarian crisis

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Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani discussed bilateral relations on the sidelines of an worldwide conference being held in London on Thursday in support of Somalia.

The President was a key speaker at the conference co-chaired by the British prime Minister Theresa May, UN Secretary General Ant'onio Guterres and Somalia President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed.

Earlier today president Museveni met and held bilateral talks with United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May at the sidelines of the Conference.

The president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, recently declared war against al-Shabab and has given himself a deadline of two years to defeat the group.

DEC boss Saleh Saeed said: "We hope that this conference will result in much-needed progress for Somalia helping build resilience - at national, local and individual level - so that the country can withstand future humanitarian emergencies. The priority has got to be.to help the Somali forces to get to a condition. where they are able to take on al Shaabab", he said.

The UK Government will reaffirm its commitment to preventing a starvation, and call on the worldwide community to urgently step up their support before it is too late.

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"Access restrictions are also the work of clan militias and disgruntled government and federal state forces engaging in predatory behaviour and routinely erecting barriers on major highways to extort money", said a spokesperson of the International Crisis Group.

No fewer than 680,000 people have been displaced due to drought since November 2016, including 7,000 people who have crossed into neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya.

For the last decade, the Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the Somali government.

"I would like to remind the conference that Somalia needs substantial support from the regional and worldwide community". Any lifting of the arms embargo should be part of a phased political plan, he said.

"We want Somalia to rise again", she said. Drought in Somalia led to the destruction of crops and livestock, leaving more than 3.3 million people hungry every day. "I can assure you that Somalia will never turn back".

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, has said his country and others in the Horn of Africa region were ready to do all it takes to achieve a secure and stable region. "World Health Organization added that if the current drought situation continues, 'famine could soon be a reality"..."

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