ARMY TO DE­LIVER AID TO SO­MA­LIA

Min­istry to de­ploy troops and as­sets to send food, medicine sup­plies

New Straits Times - - News - FER­NANDO FONG KUALA LUMPUR kee.soon@nst.com.my

THE De­fence Min­istry will mo­bilise troops and as­sets into So­ma­lia soon. De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said a team of sol­diers, cur­rently in

Saudi Ara­bia, would de­liver hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to So­ma­lians, who are short of food and medicine fol­low­ing a pro­longed drought in the coun­try.

He said the de­ci­sion was reached fol­low­ing a meet­ing with So­mali Deputy Prime Min- is­ter Mo­hamed Omer Arteh Ghalib on Tues­day.

“Dur­ing the meet­ing, he had re­quested the De­fence Min­istry to despatch food and med­i­cal aid, as well as med­i­cal per­son­nel, to So­ma­lia. I have in­formed the cabi­net of the re­quest dur­ing a meet­ing to­day (yes­ter­day). The cabi­net is pleased to ap­prove the re­quest.”

The team will con­sist of three of­fi­cers and 17 mem­bers from other ranks from the army’s Royal Med­i­cal Corps, sup­ported by a sec­tion of in­fantry de­tach­ment con­sist­ing of an of­fi­cer and 10 men to pro­vide pro­tec­tion to the team.

A Her­cules C-130 air­craft will be mo­bilised to trans­port medicine and food sup­plies.

He said mem­bers of the Malaysian armed forces in Saudi Ara­bia were cho­sen for the task due to the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge gained while train­ing there.

Malaysia was also as­sist­ing So­ma­lians in other ways, in­clud­ing gath­er­ing sup­port and aid from coun­tries that en­joy close re­la­tions with Malaysia, such as Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain, Qatar and Asean coun­tries, Hisham­mud­din said.

Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein

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