Pakistan Pledges Help to Somalia

United Nations — With the nine-year-old transitional period in Somalia having ended peacefully, Pakistan pledged all possible support to the African nation which now was on the “cusp of a new chapter in its history.

“The Presidential and Parliamentary elections and the Prime Minister’s nomination herald a new political dispensation, which reflects the aspirations of the Somali people,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, told the Security Council’s meeting on Somalia.

Given the courage and resilience of Somalia’s people, the progress made by them was no surprise, the Pakistani envoy said, adding, “We assure the new government of Somalia of our fullest support.”

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces had enabled pro-Government forces to gain control over all major Somali citie, Ambassador Masood Khan said.

Pakistan, a victim of piracy, supported the addition of the maritime component to AMISOM for prevention of the menace.

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Article courtesy of All Africa.

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