Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna says this is the best way to keep the pirates occupied is by engaging them in projects and creating jobs for them in Somalia.
“We have suggested to the Somali government through its Deputy Prime Minister that they should endeavour to create more jobs by taking up projects which the Government of India would be willing to help in implementing,” Krishna had said.
New Delhi believes that such projects should employ young men and women especially in coastal areas where piracy is rampant.
“I did bring about the issue of 53 of our hostages with the pirates. And I have requested the good offices of the Somali transitional government be used for the release of these Indian hostages,” Krishna had said after the talks. He added that Ali has assured him everything possible would be done to get the Indian hostages released.
New Delhi thinks Somalia is willing to work with India to tackle the menace and that Ali believes the piracy stems out of social restlessness and unemployment, which is very high in Somalia.