Minister: Qatar will continue to support Somali people

New York: Qatar has confirmed that it will continue, along with other member states of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, to support the Somali people and efforts to build a stable, democratic, unified and sovereign state in Somalia, which is one of the founding members of OIC.

This came in a statement issued by Qatar at the annual ministerial meeting of Contact Group of OIC on Somalia at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs H E Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi delivered the statement.

He said Qatar will continue to provide support to the brethren in Somalia, not just on the physical level, but also political level.

He said Foreign Minister

H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, during a visit to the Somali capital Mogadishu in May last year, had stressed Qatar’s keenness to promote relations between Qatar and Somalia in various fields for the benefit of both countries and peoples.

He said the Contact Group reflects OIC’s commitment to support Somalia, consistent with the Council of Foreign Ministers’ resolutions, including the recent Resolution No. 1/42-Q, issued by the council at its session in Kuwait last May.

The Minister said that in addition to the meeting of Contact Group in September last year in New York, a meeting was held on May 27 in Kuwait on the sidelines of OIC Foreign Ministers Council session. He said Somalia, over long years, has suffered a deteriorating situation on political, security, humanitarian and institutional levels.

The past three years since the end of the transitional period had seen positive developments to overcome the impacts of the previous stage, a matter which had caused relative satisfaction, the Minister added. QNA

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