Kuwait voices wary optimism toward conditions in Somalia
Arab League expresses support for stability
NEW YORK, Sept 15 (KUNA): Kuwait has applauded noticeable improvement in relationship among State institutions in Somalia but has voiced conservative optimism toward conditions in the African nation in shadow of recurring terrorist attacks.
This improvement in the relations among the Somali institutions has prompted the Arab League to laud the national conciliation And support the development scheme, as stipulated in the League Resolution passed in April, said Kuwait Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.
The Arab League resolution expressed support for stability in Somalia and urged Arab countries provide all forms of backing for the Somali Government, said Ambassador Al-Otaibi, addressing a session by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dedicated for Somalia.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi added that during the 150th session of the Arab League Ministerial Council, held in Cairo two days ago, the council chairmanship called on Arab States to support the elected Somali Government and coordinate with it for boosting development and peace in the African nation.
The Kuwaiti envoy expressed support for the Somali Government efforts to overhaul the economy, despite difficulties, noting in this respect calls by the Arab League to Arab funds and organizations to help the Somali Government in its efforts to improve conditions throughout the country.
He renewed the call for a unified stance by the UNSG Member States for supporting Somalia’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, noting necessity of securing material and political support for the African country.
Positive developments that have taken place in the African Horn will be helpful for boosting peace and security in the region, he said, praising recurring reciprocal visits by leaders of the regional countries.
Although the envoy sounded upbeat with respect of latest positive occurrences there, he indicated that he would maintain guarded optimism due to a recent report by the UN Secretary General expressing concern at some tragic events in Africa, namely in Somalia.
A spate of terrorist attacks on the Somali capital spur concern. “We renew our condemnation in strongest terms of these acts as we denounce the terrorist Al-Shebab Movement, architect of these hairy actions.
“We also praise in this regard brave role undertaken by the National Somali Army and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) for confronting the hazards threatening Somalia and protecting the people and their institutions, admiring their sacrifices and praying for souls of the deceased.”
Al-Otaibi expressed satisfaction at jurisdictions’ shift from AMISOM to the National Army and forming a core police squad.
“As we heard from the African Union permanent observer yesterday, we affirm that the cooperation between the Union and the United Nations provides further opportunities for strategic cooperation in the African continent,” he concluded.