Heavily-armed UPDF commando units provided tight security for UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as he made his first visit to Mogadishu on Wednesday ahead of the Somalia Conference in London set for 11 May 2017.
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The UPDF forces were cognizant of the security threat Boris faced hence deployed hundreds of soldiers along the busy Maka-al-Mukarama Road.
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The two leaders further brainstormed on how the UK and Somalia are working together to improve the security situation to allow the economic development that can help reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural crises.
Mr Johnson saw demonstrations of the training that the British Military are providing to Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) forces.
This training is vital to help Somali forces combat terrorism and take responsibility for the security of their country.
Ugandan troops have not only trained Somali soldiers but also kicked Al Shabaab terrorists from most towns to bring stability back to the country.
At the newly opened Drought Operations Coordination Centre, Boris saw how the UN is organising the response to Somalia’s devastating drought and how UK Aid is reaching more than a million people with lifesaving food, water and emergency healthcare.
Mr Johnson also met with regional leaders, newly elected Somali MPs and joined a training session for Somali prosecutors and law students which is helping to improve the Somali criminal justice system.
Speaking after the visit the Foreign Secretary said he was “particularly impressed by the demonstrations of the practical help that the UK is delivering on the ground, from our military providing essential training for Somali armed forces to the live-saving humanitarian support from UK Aid.”
He said all of this is vital if Somalia is going to move forward to achieve long-term stability and prosperity.
“That is why the UK is hosting the Somalia Conference in London in May and I look forward to welcoming the President to the UK to continue this work,” he added.
On departure from Somalia the Foreign Secretary visited Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, where he will be discussing regional security, prosperity and the upcoming London Somalia Conference on 11 May 2017 and the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018.