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8
Sep

London cash machines more filthy than public toilets or Tube poles, new research finds

Rebecca Speare-Cole

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Terrifying levels of filth have been found lurking on ATMs around London, new research reveals.

A team of experts swabbed 27 cash points across the capital and found that some were festering with more bacteria than loo seats, public toilet door handles and poles on the Tube.

One cash machine in Shepherd’s Bush was found to have 100 times more bacteria than what is considered the safety limit for medical operating theatre surfaces and dining tables, according to the study from financial blog Quid Corner.

This ATM located at 420 Uxbridge Road was found to be the grimiest machine from those tested around London.

a close up of a map: The grimiest and cleanest ATMs found around London, according to the new research. (Quid Corner)

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The grimiest and cleanest ATMs found around London, according to the new research. (Quid Corner)

Coming in second was a machine at 415 Strand, closely followed by another at 122 High Holborn near Piccadilly Circus.

Other filthy cash points included one at 208 Piccadilly, two near Oxford Street and two on Camden High Street.

A member of the Quid Corner team told the Standard: “When you’re commuting around London you get used to a bit of grime, so I wasn’t too shocked to find out that a lot of the cash machines were pretty dirty.

“What did shock me was the fact that the ones the looked the cleanest were the ones that harboured the most bacteria.”

Top 10 dirtiest ATMs found in London

1. 420 Uxbridge Rd: 1049.75 RLU

2. 415 Strand: 840.75 RLU

3. 122 High Holborn: 809.75 RLU

4. 114-120 Camden High St: 655.25 RLU

5. 154-120 Camden High St: 612.5 RLU

6. 17 Gerard St: 609.5 RLU

7. 208 Piccadilly: 573.5 RLU

8. Market Place, Oxford St: 548.25 RLU

9. Westfield Stratford City: 533.25 RLU

10. Broadwick Street, Oxford St: 524.5 RLU

The team put this down to the number of customers because a rarely-used ATM will collect dirt, grime and pollution making it appear filthy.

“However, a cash machine that is used regularly will have this grime wiped away by the many people that touch it and instead it will collect all the various bacteria they have on their hands,” they said.

“So when you’re using a cash point in a well-trodden part of London it’s almost as if you’re shaking hands with the hundreds of other people who’ve used it before you.”

The tests were carried out using a measurement of light to calculate the amount of adenosine triphosphate present – a chemical that bacteria use to process energy.

The reader took measurements in relative light unit scores or RLU. Only 10 RLU’s are considered safe in operating theatres, according to the research.

However, more than 1049.75 RLU were found on the Shepherd’s Bush machine alone.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Comparing cash machines to surfaces found on a London commute. (Quid Corner)

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Comparing cash machines to surfaces found on a London commute. (Quid Corner)

The team used Google Maps to find various cash machines in some of the busiest most heavily-trafficked areas.

With a shortlist of 27 cash machines they went about finding the dirtiest by swabbing the cash machines all over the city.

They then placed the swab on the SystemSURE Plus reader to find some disturbing results which were compared to objects and surfaces typical for a London commute – from the bottom of a shoe to a bathroom sink.

The dirtiest part of the cash machines were the keypad with an average of 734 RLU. Next was the touchscreen or buttons with an average of 640 RLU, the research found.

“You just need to remember that a cash machine carries more bacteria that a toilet door handle or even a toilet seat,” the team said.

“So, in the same way that you would wash your hands after using the toilet, after using a cash machine make a note to wash your hands at your next opportunity.”

Evening Standard
Source:MSN

8
Sep

‘Get out of London,’ Sadiq Khan tells organisers of world’s largest arms fair

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Sadiq Khan has told organisers of the world’s largest arms fair to move it out of London as protests mount over the “abhorrent” event.

Almost 100 people have so far been arrested at demonstrations against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, which will open at the ExCeL centre on Tuesday.

It will see arms manufacturers market their wares to international delegations from Saudi Arabia and other nations who continue to bomb Yemen, which has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Saudi representatives to DSEI, despite judges ruling the sale of weapons used in the conflict unlawful in an ongoing court battle. 

Ministers are to give speeches and meet foreign military officials, while the UK armed forces hosts delegates in pavilions surrounded by rockets, tanks, jets, grenades and ammunition.

In a letter to the director of DSEI, seen exclusively by The Independent, Mr Khan said the biennial event was opposed by campaigners and Londoners who do not want weapons to be traded in their city.

“I too strongly oppose this event taking place in London,” the Labour mayor said.

“London is a global city, which is home to individuals who have fled conflict and suffered as a consequence of arms and weapons like those exhibited at DSEI.

“In order to represent Londoners’ interests, I will take any opportunity available to prevent this event from taking place at the Royal Docks in future years.”

He told organisers to “reconsider hosting the fair in London in future” and cover the costs to the Metropolitan Police.

Policing protests at DSEI 2017 cost the force almost £1m in total, including £823,750 in officers’ pay, £154,100 in overtime and £20,073 in “direct costs” such as vehicles and food.

More than 2,800 police officer shifts were needed to cover the 12-day operation.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses during an interview with Reuters at an event to promote the start of London Tech Week, in London, Britain, June 10, 2019.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

© Thomson Reuters Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses during an interview with Reuters at an event to promote the start of London Tech Week, in London, Britain, June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez A total of 98 demonstrators have so far been arrested during protests that started last week against this year’s DSEI fair, and Scotland Yard said a “proportionate policing plan” was in place.

Andrew Smith, of the Campaign Against Arms Trade group, accused police of being “heavy-handed” in their response to demonstrators blocking a road into the venue.

“The best way for the government to cut the policing cost would be to shut down DSEI,” he told The Independent.

“It is very welcome to see such a prominent politician making a strong statement. DSEI is a moral disgrace and should be firmly opposed, whether it is taking place in London or anywhere else.

“It will bring a roll call of the world’s most repressive regimes together with all of the biggest arms companies. They will be there for one reason: to sell as many weapons as possible, regardless of the consequences.”

The event is supported by the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Trade, which has a wing dedicated to arms exports.

British defence giant BAE Systems is listed as a “platinum partner” alongside American firm General Dynamics, while the United Arab Emirates will have its own pavilion.

The country is part of a Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen in a campaign that has killed an estimated 8,000 civilians and driven a deadly cholera outbreak and famine.

Government figures show that export licences worth £6.2bn have been granted to members of the Saudi-led alliance in the four years since the conflict began in March 2015.

In a letter to the Royal Docks Management Authority, which runs the ExCeL, Mr Khan said he was “opposed to London being used as a marketplace for the trade of weapons”.

The local authority, Newham Council, also opposes DSEI being held at the conference centre and is holding an “alternative peace exhibition” hosting campaigners and politicians on Tuesday.

Rokhsana Fiaz, the mayor of Newham, called the arms fair “abhorrent” after the council passed a motion “rejecting the economic arguments cynically deployed in defence of this trade”.

a plane sitting on top of a table: The DSEI arms fair in London, 2017 (Lizzie Dearden)

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The DSEI arms fair in London, 2017 (Lizzie Dearden)

“Newham is a very diverse borough and many of our communities have links across the globe to those areas that have been affected by conflict, displacement and the horror of war,” she said.

“This council is doing everything we can to prevent the DSEI coming to Newham ever again.”

In a response to Mr Khan’s letter, DSEI event director Grant Burgham said it “plays an important role in supporting the Ministry of Defence’s procurement needs, helping deliver British jobs and economic growth, and deepening the UK’s partnerships on a global stage”.

“The event serves only the interests of the legitimate defence and security industry, which is the most highly and tightly regulated in the world,” he added.

“Government agencies responsible for enforcing the law at DSEI are on site during setup and throughout the exhibition.”

Mr Burgham said all security costs incurred as a direct result of the event would be met by DSEI, and that organisers “fully respect the right to lawful protest”.

The government is fighting a Court of Appeal ruling that found its continued licensing of weapons to Saudi Arabia “irrational and therefore unlawful” in June.

“The UK operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world,” a spokesperson said. “The government undertakes a stringent process of scrutiny and approval before issuing any formal invitations to foreign governments to attend a major UK defence exhibition like DSEI.”

by Lizzie Dearden

source: The Independent

7
Sep

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed receives Liberian FM

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed his Liberian counterpart and stressed the UAE’s desire to establish outstanding relations and enhance cooperation with Liberia in all domains

تتوفر أيضا في العربية ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, September 4, 2019/APO Group/ —

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has received Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gbehzohngar Milton.

Sheikh Abdullah and Milton signed a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations between the two countries

During the meeting, held at the ministry in Abu Dhabi, they discussed ways to boost bilateral relations and cooperation and exchanged views on the latest regional developments. They also tackled a number of regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed his Liberian counterpart and stressed the UAE’s desire to establish outstanding relations and enhance cooperation with Liberia in all domains.

In turn, Milton emphasised his country’s pursuance to develop cooperation while lauding the UAE’s pioneering stature regionally and internationally, as well as the enlightened vision of its wise leadership that resulted in accomplishing renaissance in all fields.

At the end of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah and Milton signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on political consultations between the two countries.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Coperation.

23
Aug

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Source: Department for International Development (DFID)

UK aid to provide life-saving support for up to one million people crippled by drought in Somalia

Up to one million people in Somalia will receive lifesaving food and clean water to help stop starvation and malnutrition thanks to new UK funding

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Somalia is one of the world’s poorest and most fragile states, compounded by climate shocks that severely affect the lives and livelihoods of millions; Minister for Africa, Andrew Stephenson, has announced extra food and water for Somalia to help vulnerable families in desperate need; He also met humanitarian partners to discuss how the international community can help Somalia build resilience to climate change.

Up to one million people in Somalia will receive lifesaving food and clean water to help stop starvation and malnutrition thanks to new UK funding announced today.

Minister for Africa Andrew Stephenson has announced that UK aid will provide extra food, water and medicine to help vulnerable families in Somalia that are desperately suffering from relentless drought.

There are close to 5 million Somalis who are hungry and a further 1.2 million who face the risk of becoming malnourished this year due to successive poor rains and failed harvests. A further 2.6 million people have fled their homes, due to conflict and the dire humanitarian crisis.

During a visit to the country this week, Minister Stephenson announced that as well as providing food and water, UK aid will help build longer-term resilience to climate change and drought. An extra £30 million of UK aid support will also provide vaccines for livestock – which Somali farmers rely on for their livelihoods to stop cattle dying from disease and starvation.

Somalia’s security is vital for stability in the region and is firmly in the UK’s national interest

Minister for Africa, Andrew Stephenson said:

“Somalia is being crippled by drought and millions of people are in desperate need of lifesaving food, clean water and treatment for malnutrition.”

“The UK has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response, but more needs to be done. Britain, alongside the international community, is committed to providing immediate assistance and building Somalia’s ability to manage the crisis.”

“Somalia’s security is vital for stability in the region and is firmly in the UK’s national interest.”

Minister Stephenson led a roundtable with humanitarian partners during his visit, where he discussed how the UK and international community can support Somalia to build their resilience to climate change and end their reliance on emergency aid.

Minister Stephenson met Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting Somalia reform on security, politics and developing Somalia’s economy.

He also travelled to Baidoa in Southwest State where he saw first-hand how the British Military is supporting the training of the Somali National Army at a CSSF-funded training facility.

While there, he met Southwest State President Abdiasiis Laftagareen and discussed the UK’s support for stability and security in the area.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Department for International Development (DFID).

18
Aug

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15
Aug

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13
Aug

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2
Aug

Boris Johnson arrives by helicopter as work continues to save Whaley Bridge dam

Simon Coyle

a group of people looking at each other: WHALEY BRIDGE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with police and rescue crews at Chapel-en-Le-frith High School as work continues at Toddbrook reservoir following a severe structural failure after heavy rain, on August 02, 2019 in Whaley Bridge, England. The town's 6,500 people were forced to leave their homes after yesterday's partial collapse of the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir, in Derbyshire. Engineers have been pumping water from the reservoir overnight to reduce the water level. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

© Getty Images WHALEY BRIDGE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with police and rescue crews at Chapel-en-Le-frith High School as work continues at Toddbrook reservoir following a severe structural failure after heavy rain, on August 02, 2019 in Whaley Bridge, England. The town’s 6,500 people were forced to leave their homes after yesterday’s partial collapse of the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir, in Derbyshire. Engineers have been pumping water from the reservoir overnight to reduce the water level. (Photo by Leon Neal – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived in Derbyshire to meet residents evacuated from Whaley Bridge as work continues to save the town’s damaged dam.

Water levels at the Toddbrook Reservoir have been reduced by half a metre but engineers remain “very concerned” about the integrity of the damaged 180-year-old structure, which contains around 1.3 million tonnes of water. 

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Whaley Bridge over fears it could rupture and flood their homes. 

On Friday night Mr Johnson arrived in the area by helicopter to talk to residents, emergency service workers and assess the scene.

He met a number of families affected by the evacuation, telling them he had flown over the dam twice and it was “dodgy but stable”.

a group of people in a small boat in a body of water: A Chinook helicopter drops aggregate onto the damaged dam of Toddbrook Reservoir

© PA A Chinook helicopter drops aggregate onto the damaged dam of Toddbrook Reservoir

The Prime Minister said at the Chapel-en-le-Frith High School: “I flew over the dam and it looks pretty scary. I can see the problem.”

He assured residents “you will all be properly housed” if the dam burst.

Mr Johnson told a group of police officers: “Lets hope it doesn’t happen.”

He spent about half an hour talking to different groups of residents in the school gym and also police officers who helped with the evacuation.

Matthew and Lynn Lingard told him they had left pets – two cockateils and two rabbits – at their home.

The Prime Minister said: “That must be very worrying . Are you going to be able to go back and get them?”

Mr Lingard said they had been told probably not in the next 48 hours.

One resident told Mr Johnson: “We’re all like zombies.”

a group of people standing in a room: Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with rescue crews and local residents

© Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with rescue crews and local residents

Stopping for selfies in the hall, he asked where everyone slept last night and when it became obvious they would have to leave.

He also looked shocked to be told some people had refused to leave. Flanked by senior police officers, he said: “We’ve got to sort that out.”

Mr Johnson told another group of residents: “The plan is to try and stop the dam breaking, clearly. And so a huge amount of effort is going into that.

“The Chinook’s been over putting in the aggregate and putting in the sandbags to try and stop it bursting. They’re pumping out huge amounts of water.”

Mr Johnson said he thought they had to get the level of the water down about eight metres, although there was some discussion with the surrounding officials about whether this was the exact figure.

He said: “They’ve got a long way to go. Whatever we do, we’ll make sure we rebuild it.”

Earlier in the day the Prime Minister tweeted: “My thoughts are with those who have had to leave their homes and all of those who are affected in #WhaleyBridge. First responders, engineers and RAF crews are working around the clock to fix the dam.”

a group of people in uniform standing in front of a crowd: Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting police during a visit to Whaley Bridge Football Club

© PA Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting police during a visit to Whaley Bridge Football Club

He added: “I have just spoken to GOLD Commander and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann to thank them for their ongoing efforts and I have instructed the Environment Secretary to chair a COBR meeting later today to coordinate the Government’s response.”

An RAF Chinook and around 150 firefighters using high-volume pumps appear to have partly stabilised the “unprecedented, fast-moving emergency situation” caused by heavy rain.

During a multi-agency press conference on Friday night, Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet of Derbyshire Police said there was still “a substantial threat to life” if the dam wall fails. 

“We would ask residents to continue to heed police advice and stay away from Whaley Bridge,” he told the press conference on Friday. 

Due to concerns raised by residents over pets being left behind, he said officers had made the “difficult” decision to allow people to return to their homes temporarily. 

“We will be putting plans in place for residents to return to their home to pick up very vital things they need along with their animal welfare,” he told reporters. 

“This is very controlled, I must stress that, because this is still life at risk.” 

Numbers returning will be restricted to one person per household, he said, and it was “difficult” to say when people would be allowed to return permanently. 

Julie Sharman, chief operating officer for the Canal and River Trust, told the press conference the water level needs to be reduced by “several more” metres, with more pumps being installed on Friday evening.

“This is still a very critical situation,” she said.

“Until we are confident we can control that risk, then our position has to be to protect the public safety and limit access because we don’t want to put people at risk.” 

In pictures: Striking images from around the world this week [The Atlantic]

The Chinook has been dropping one-ton sandbags on to the damaged area to bolster the structure. 

Improving weather and work on the inflows means the amount of water entering the reservoir has also reduced. 

Police have closed railway lines in the Whaley Bridge area over the risk of potential flooding.

The Prime Minister said “first responders, engineers and RAF crews are working around the clock to fix the dam” and he has ordered Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to discuss the situation. 

Around 1,000 people were evacuated from the town but most found their own accommodation with family and friends, according to Derbyshire County Council. 

Carolyn Whittle, who lives in Meadowfield on the hillside in Whaley Bridge, said: “I’ve lived in Whaley for the best part of 45 years and I’ve never seen water flood over the dam like that, ever, nor thought that we could possibly be at risk in this way.” 

The Environment Agency issued a “danger to life” warning covering the River Goyt on Thursday, as the river could “rise rapidly” due to water rushing in from the reservoir.

a wooden bench on the side of the road: The damaged dam on Wednesday night

© Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited The damaged dam on Wednesday night

Meanwhile, clean-up operations are under way across parts of the North West hit by heavy rain, including Poynton in Cheshire – where residents were evacuated on Wednesday night. 

The Environment Agency has 10 flood alerts, six flood warnings and one severe flood warning in place across England. 

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal and River Trust, said an annual inspection of the Toddbrook Reservoir by a senior engineer took place last November. 

The reservoir is on the north-west edge of the Peak District National Park and was built in 1831, according to experts, although the Environment Agency records it as being built in 1840-41. 

According to a 2011 Environment Agency report on national dam incidents, Toddbrook “has a history of leakage”.

Source :msn,news

8
Jul

Somaliland accuses Somalia and Italy of frustrating its recognition status

Somaliland President Musa Bihi waves a flag in Hargeisa on arrival from Guinea. Photo/COURTESY.

By CORRESPONDENT, NAIROBI, Jul 8 – Somaliland is now accusing Somalia and its former colonial master Italy of working together in frustrating her quest for international recognition.

Somaliland President Musa Bihi however, says the international community is warming up to welcoming Somaliland back to the world map by granting the country recognition.

Bihi, on arrival from Guinea where he was on official visit on invitation of Guinea president Alpha Conde said Italy had pile pressure on Guinea not to welcome him and his delegation from Somaliland.

“Italy was among nations that bore great pressure on Guinea heeding the hysteric calls of the Mogadishu administration. In fact, Italy exerted the greatest pressure but to no avail,” said Bihi.

We are now seeing Somalia working with some countries in the west to frustrate our quest for recognition and at the same time bully our international friends who are sympathetic to our course,” added the Somaliland leader when he arrived back in Hargeisa.

“But we are happy, the number of nations that have shown sympathy to our course and are willing to help us in the push for self-determination is increasing and soon we will be a recognized stated.”

The visit by Bihi to Guinea has elicited strong reaction from Somalia who announced it had cut all diplomatic ties with the west African state.

Somali foreign ministry in a statement said the government had cut all diplomatic ties after Guinea “accorded the protocol of head of state… to the leader of a separatist movement”

At the weekend, Guinea president responded by saying Somaliland had all rights to chart her destiny.

The events of last week have hardened Somalilanders’ attitudes towards Mogadishu’s based government. This has given rise to the opposition urging Somaliland to stop talking to the Mogadishu government.

Bihi, was met with a rapturous welcome on his return from Guinea Conakry. Crowds thronged the streets, most businesses were closed and people flocked to the capital Hargeisa from all corners of Somaliland.

Somaliland has waged a 29-year campaign to be recognized after it separated from Somalia in 1990 when the civil war stated. The two countries had merged after independence. Somaliland was a British protectorate while Somali was colonized by the Italians.

Source :CFM, 08/07/19

4
Jul

Somaliland invites French investors to explore country’s aviation industry

Dominic Omondi 26th Jun 2019

Somaliland Managing Director for Civil Aviation and Airports Authority Mohammed Rodol (right) shakes hands with French embassy commercial Attache Emmanuel Dragon as somaliland envoy to Kenya Bashe Omar (left).NAIROBI, KENYA:

 Somaliland has sent an invitation to France to explore investment opportunities in the country’s aviation industry.

Somaliland’s Managing director for Civil Aviation and Airports Authority Abdi Mohammed Rodol during a meeting with the French Commercial Attache Emmanuel Dragon at the France embassy in Nairobi said there are massive openings in aviation, which France can take advantage of.

“Ours is a young Nation seeking to welcome investors in different fields.

As the civil aviation director in Somaliland, I welcome investors from France to come and explore these opportunities,” Rodol said during the meeting that was also attended by the Somaliland representative to Kenya Bashe Omar. Meanwhile, Kenya is mulling on introducing direct flights to Somaliland capita Hargeisa.

With the frosty relationship on between Kenya and Somalia, which has seen the former close its borders and bar flights to and from Mogadishu, Kenya Airways, is considering Hargeisa as its next destination in the Horn of Africa.

This will be a massive boost for trade between Kenya and the internationally unrecognized Somaliland.

Over 15,000 Kenyans are living and working in Somaliland in the hospitality and education sectors.

Somaliland Managing Director of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority Abdi Mohammed Rodol is in Nairobi ostensibly to hold discussions with authorities in Kenya on the suitability of Hargeisa as a destination for Kenya Airways.

So far, Ethiopia Airlines provides two flights that fly directly to Somaliland between Addis Ababa and Hargeisa.

Fly Dubai also has flights that fly between Dubai and Hargeisa bringing business people to Somaliland from all over the world.

With plans to open a consulate in Hargeisa still on, the Kenya Airways sees this as an opportunity to introduce flights to the country which parted ways with Somalia after the start of the 1990 civil war.

Last month, the Foreign Affairs ministry directed Mr. Philip Mundia Githiora to establish the mission in the Somaliland capital.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have already set up diplomatic missions in Somaliland.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke

3
Jul

IS SOMALIA FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CRYING?

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Somalia Flies Into Another Puerile Tantrum on ROS President Visit to Guinea

Date 7/3/2019 3:40:46 PM

(MENAFN – SomTribune) His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Behi Abdi, and a delegation he led is on a state visit to Guinea following an official invitation extended to him by President Alpha Conde’.

Somaliamedia reportedthat the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Awad, scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m., Wednesday, at which he was to fly into yet another harangue about some country – this time Guinea – violating ‘Somalia sovereignty’.

@MinisterMOFAbecomes apoplectic upon seeing howPresident@musebiihiof#SomalilandRepublic was most royally received in#Guinea . He called a press conference to protest only to cancel it the last minute. Instead, he’ll be writing another envious, silly letter to the AU.pic.twitter.com/mxLwjJVWnb

— Ibrahim J Abdi (@JIbrahimj)July 3, 2019

The meeting was called off at the last minute.

Similarly, a Tweet attributed to Villa Somalia President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’, which was hastily pulled out, circulated the social media.

“We are against all forms of diplomatic breaches witnessed in recent days, we call all brotherly countries to respect Somalia’s sovereignty and statehood,” the President, reportedly said in his Tweet before it was deleted.

To make matters worse, the Somalia government dispatched its ambassador to the EU to Senegal, sharing boundaries with Guinea where President Behi is to try to sway the Senegalese government to influence President Alpha Conde’ to lower state of reception for the visiting President.

I understood #Somaliahave send her EU representative to Senegal to protest somaliland’sengagement with Guinea.Can someone tell our neighbor. Africa is not EU.Guinea is not Senegal and somaliland is not Somalia. Just fix your own country and leave us alone.

— Ayan Mahamoud (@Gobannimo)July 3, 2019

Ms Ayan Mohamoud, Somaliland Head of Mission in the United Kingdom, was quick to point out how Somalia is misreading all the signs, continuing on a spree of embarrassing misjudgments.

President Behi’s visit to Guinea, obviously, is making other unexpected quarters jittery, too.

The Tweet below purports that President Behi is not only paying a state visit to Guinea to discuss bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation between the two East and West African countries but that there is a hidden agenda to the visit: to negotiate with Russia on a p[ossible Russian base in Somaliland.

The Tweet, as you can see below. fails to explain why that cannot be done at any place closer to home.

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Analysts, however, dismissed above Tweet as another Somalia-inspired hoax to open many fronts on a more successful, but not internationally recognized, 28-year-old Somaliland.

Somalia (see below) has made another feeble lunge at Kenya and Somaliland protesting to the use of the word ‘countries’ in a Tweet the Kenyan PS of Foreign Affairs, Macharia Kamau, used in relation to a meeting he had with ROS Foreign Affairs Minister, Yassin Haji Mohamoud.

Somaliland and Somalia had never been signed or passed by parliament. It is only a matter of courtesy that Somaliland is talking to Somalia on matters relating how their relationship would be shaped without the union – or reunion as Somalia is obsessed with.

Somaliland was an independent nation recognized by more than 35 countries before the SNL party, led by the late president Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal unconditionally handed it over to Mogadishu only five days after independence in the mistaken belief that he was pioneering a Greater Somalia union of 5 Somalias.

3
Jul

Somalia Takes Another Feeble Swipe at Somaliland, Latter Responds

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Somalia Takes Another Feeble Swipe at Somaliland, Latter Responds

Date 7/1/2019 7:07:18 PM

  • (MENAFN – SomTribune) In yet another attempt to put the world hostage to a non-existent, irrevocable, binding union between the Republic of Somaliland and it, Somalia has made another blunder which only diverts more attention to the long-standing dispute between the two countries.

Following up on other diplomatic pressures some of which it had scores with a world that had not read its history as meticulously as it should, the weak federal ‘government’ in Mogadishu wrote another biting letter to Kenya.

To deliver the so-called protecst, it summoned Ambassador Lucas Tumbo to its ministry of foreign affairs to highlight displeasure on a recent Tweet by Permanent-Secretary Macaria Makau relating to a meeting he had had with the Foreign Minister of the Somaliland Republic, Professor Yassin Haji Mohamoud.

PS Kamau stated that the two sides ‘discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries and ways of strengthening cooperation’.

Somalia espied an affront in the tweet and was quick on the trigger trying to teach PS Macharia how to use the English language.

According to its letter the use of ‘two countries’ in reference to Somaliland and Kenya.

A press statement, carrying the core of Somalia’s professed ‘affront’ ran as follows:

“On Sunday (June 30th), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation summoned the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Federal Republic of Somalia (?), Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo, and handed him a protest note against an offensive tweet by the Principal Secretary of the Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Mr Macharia Kamau, on 27 June 2019.We consider this tweet an affront to Somalia’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity as well as harmful to the relationship between Kenya and Somalia.Somalia stands for good neighborliness, mutual respect and close cooperation with its neighbors, and expects the same from Kenya.END

The core message which the note carried was that the Tweet was an affront to sovereignty in which, obviously, Somalia believes the Republic of Somaliland was part of.

The Somaliland Foreign Ministry did not lose a moment but responded in kind – and in much better language, more diplomatic suavity.

“As a sovereign nation,” the FM response pointed out, “Somaliland’s right to engage in peaceful and foreign relations with all other nations is enshrined in international law, and all coercive and threatening measures to deny such cooperation between regional partners not only represent affronts to the principles and protocols on which the international order is based, but does little to promote the peace and security that the region requires”.

It went on to establish how important it was that government attended to their corners of the fence before they tried tearing down other people’s attainments, poking noses into every nook and corner except theirs.

“The Somaliland government thus implores its neighbour Somalia to focus its attention inward, towards meeting the many security, humanitarian and development challenges which the international community has invested so much, rather than involving itself in the affairs of other sovereign nations, including Kenya and Somaliland.

The delusion Villa Somalia harbours stems from an ill-fated, never signed, never approved by parliament union between the erstwhile British Protectorate of Somaliland and Italian Somalia on 1 July 1960. The two parts had nothing with one another until that date and, even then, their ‘marriage’ was not properly officiated.

This latest Somalia attempt follows close on the heels of other impotent protestations one of which tried to stop international partners dealing with Somaliland development as they saw fit.

Relations between the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Somaliland have visibly strengthened since Somalia took a maritime boundary dispute it had developed with Kenya to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014.

Kenya has announced last year that it was going to officially open a diplomatic Mission in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland appointing Ambassador Philip Githora to head it.

Trade talks between the two countries have since gained fresh ground the latest development from which indicates that Kenya Airways may soon start direct flights connecting Hargeisa to Nairobi.

The international community-propped administration of federal Somalia has been biting its nails trying every trick in the world to keep the 28-year old, very mature, democratic Somaliland tucked away in the shadows forever – an impossible task in the circumstances.
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3
Jul

Somaliland in another diplomatic breakthrough with president’s visit to Guinea

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Somaliland in another diplomatic breakthrough with president’s visit to Guinea

Date 7/3/2019 4:03:37 PM

(MENAFN – SomTribune) Somaliland has made another diplomatic breakthrough with the state visit of the country’s president Musa Bihi Abdi to Guinea.

President Bihi is on a state visit to the West African nation of Guinea, on invitation by President Alpha Conde.

The visit is a sure sign of Somaliland’s rapid acceptance across the African continent and its growing economic and trading links with other nations.

President Musa Bihi and President Conde pledged to find ways working together in trade and fostering cooperation.

The Somaliland government is steadily building its case for recognition on the basis of trade and business opportunities with its fellow Africans, arguing that an independent Somaliland capable of trading with African and international partners will be a benefit to all and strengthen peace, prosperity and security.

Bihi who came to power after a peaceful, free and fair election with a peaceful transfer of power only 18 moths ago has been on a shuttle diplomacy to build Somaliland’s case for recognition. He has already Ethiopia, Djibouti, the United Arab Emirates.

Somaliland already enjoys warm and growing ties in East African, most notably with Kenya and it is keen on marketing itself as a new and profitable frontier economy in the region with considerable untapped resources.

Unlike neighboring Somalia which continues to be ridden with violence, instability and terrorism, Somaliland is enjoys stability and peace.

Unlike Somalia which continues to battle Al Shabaab on a daily basis despite massive support from AMISOM peacekeepers has suffered 589 documented acts of terrorism and assassination. By comparison, Somaliland has see only 1 act of terrorism in 27 years.

This peace and stability and open market economy is the reason why 10,000 Kenyans have made the journey to Somaliland in search of jobs and economic opportunity.

Kenyans can be found living freely and making a good living in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa working as teachers, hotel managers, restauranteurs, architects, advisors in agriculture, construction and much more.

Somaliland minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation Yassin Haji Mohamoud said the mission to Guinea is to build the same kind of close relations with West African countries as Somaliland enjoys with East African nations

‘Of course the two countries will be discussing matters of mutual interest during our stay in Guinea,’ the minister said.

Guinea is richly endowed with minerals, possessing an estimated quarter of the world’s proven reserves of bauxite, more than 1.8 billion metric tons of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond and gold deposits, and undetermined quantities of uranium.

Somaliland is also endowed with considerable mineral wealth particularly iron ore, uranium, platinum, rare-earth metals, gold, copper tine and manganese.

Recent geological surveys indicate that Somaliland also has abundant deposits of gemstones, from emerald to aquamarine, ruby and sapphire as well as vast amounts of garnet, quartz and opal as well as lesser-known minerals such as titanite and vesuvianite .

Somaliland also is known to be a highly promising country for oil and gas. Two international oil exploration companies, the British company Genel and the UAE based RAK Gas will begin drilling their first exploration wells early next year.

No doubt the Somaliland delegation will want to learn from Guinea’s experience in this field as the International Monetary Fund {IMF} has identified mining as the key sector in Guinea’s economy.

‘The Guinean economy is growing at a fast pace, driven by a buoyant mining sector,’ Giorgia Albertin, the IMF’s mission chief for Guinea, said previously.

Somaliland finance minister Dr Saad Ali Shire who is part of the delegation to Guinea said the tour is to learn how the country has modelled its economy especially in the mining sector.

But there are other untapped business opportunities that Somaliland wants to attract African investors and companies too. Somaliland has an 900km coastline with some of the richest seafood and marine resources which is barely touched as well as fertile agricultural lands which remain uncultivated.

But the economic transformation of Somaliland is already underway with the $450 million investment by the UAE global logistics company DP World currently transforming Berbera port in Somaliland into a regional transportation hub.

On the flipside, Somaliland’s economy is currently vastly dependent on remittances from its committed diaspora community, which provide 55% of the GDP.

The country too is active in livestock exportation. President Musa Bihi aims to foster deeper and closer links with African countries on the basis of trade, business opportunities and investment in order to transform the economy of Somaliland and benefit African partners.

Guinea is the third African nation the Somaliland president has visited this year after his visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia in February. However, another crucial part of President Musa Bihi’s visit to Guinea is to build a case for the country’s international recognition which is slowly but surely gathering momentum.

ByDerek Otieno

Mediamax Network Limited
3
Jul

Somaliland President Flies Out to Visit Guinea Conakry

(MENAFN – SomTribune) His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Behi Abdi, Monday, flew out of the country to visit the West African country of Guinea (Conakry).

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President Alpha Conde’

The President, according to the Foreign minister, Professor Yassin Haji Mohamoud Hiir ‘Farattton’, was responding to an official invitation he and his government received from the Guinean President, Alpha Condé.

“Of course the two countries will be discussing matters of mutual interest during its stay in Guinea,” Professor Faratoon said.

On this visit, Minister Faratoon disclosed, the President’s delegation will include himself, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Minister of Finance, Dr Saad Ali Shire, the Minister for Health Development Omar Abdi (Omar Dheere) and a member of the Somaliland Recognition Taskforce, the very formidable Dr Edna Adan Ismail.

The inclusion of the last member and the fact that the delegation was traversing the continent from its eastern tip to its furthest west, implied loads but, however, neither the press probed nor answers were volunteered.

Minister Faratoon, on a separate note, speaking, of Somalia completely taking over the Somaliland airspace, said it was regrettable that the caretaker international agency – ICAO – went in cahoots with Somalia transferring management to it unfairly and without taking all possible ramifications into account.

Again the media failed to ask him why the government did not challenge the transfer process which had been on for the past two to three years and so abundantly covered by both local and international media.

Guinea borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west. On land, it shares borders with Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. Its population is estimated at 12.7 million and has a total area of 245,720 Km2 (94,873 sq. miles). 39.8 % of the population is urban (5,328,964 people in 2019).

23
Jun

Trump says ‘I don’t care about the Europeans’ after questions on Iran crisis

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Donald Trump has said he “doesn’t care about the Europeans” when it comes to dealing with Iran as the feud between Washington and Tehran escalates.

The US president said he had called off an attack against Iran in response to the shooting down of an American drone because he “didn’t think it was proportionate”.

Yet Mr Trump also said the US military had identified Iranian targets for air strikes. “I have so many targets you wouldn’t believe … We have targets all over,” he told interviewer Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“I’m not looking for war and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that.”

Mr Trump dismissed European leaders’ efforts to uphold the Iranian nuclear deal forged between world powers in 2015.

“I don’t care about the Europeans,” he said. “The Europeans are going out and making a lot of money … In France, they’re selling cars to Iran. They’re doing other things.”

He added: “And let me tell you, we’re very good to Europe. We take care of them. NATO, we spend a tremendous amount … On trade, the European Union’s taken, really, they have really taken advantage of us for a long time.”

Mr Trump said he backed away from the planned strikes about 30 minutes before the planes were ready to leave after learning 150 people would be killed. “I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was, I didn’t think it was proportionate.”

Asked by Mr Todd whether he felt pushed into military action by any of his team, such as national security adviser John Bolton, the US president said: “I have two groups of people. I have doves and I have hawks.

“Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay? But that doesn’t matter because I want both sides.”

WATCH: President Trump tells Meet the Press: “Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of American product. That means something to me. It’s a big producer of jobs.… Take their money. Take their money, Chuck. “

Asked what he thinks Iran wants, Mr Trump said, “I think they want to negotiate. And I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear. Look, they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon … I don’t think they like the position they’re in. Their economy is absolutely broken.”

Questioned about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mr Trump said he did not discuss it during a phone call on Friday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

When asked about arms deals with Saudi Arabia, the president said: “I’m not like a fool that says, “We don’t want to do business with them.” And by the way, if they don’t do business with us, you know what they do? They’ll do business with the Russians or with the Chinese … Take their money. Take their money, Chuck.”

WATCH: President Trump tells Meet the Press: “Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of American product. That means something to me. It’s a big producer of jobs.… Take their money. Take their money, Chuck. ” #MTP #IfItsSunday pic.twitter.com/U3OxAwtZOJ — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019

source :The Independent

Adam Forrest

11
Jun

UK opens new training centre for the Somali National Army in Baidoa

British Embassy Mogadishu

Source: British Embassy Mogadishu

The Baidoa Security Training Centre will support the Somali National Army and promote long-term stability and security in Somali

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 10, 2019/APO Group/ —

Somalia’s Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohammed, Southwest State Speaker, Abdulkadir Shariif Sheekhuna, and the UK Foreign Office’s Political Director, Richard Moore, today opened a new UK training facility for the Somali National Army (SNA) in Baidoa.

The Baidoa Security Training Centre (BSTC), supported by the British government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), will support the SNA and promote long-term stability and security in Somalia. The new centre will train up to 120 Somali National Army soldiers at a time and will help the SNA improve the quality of its training.

Speaking at the opening of the facility, British Ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender, said:

“The UK is one of the major international providers of support to the Somali National Army. We’re playing a central part in helping the SNA conduct current operations in Lower Shabelle including through giving practical help to the newly recovered areas – like new housing for Sabid community.”

The UK is one of the major international providers of support to the Somali National Army

“In Baidoa, the Somali forces we are supporting have been building defensive positions to make the approach roads into the city more secure. This is having a direct impact on the number of attacks in the city and the security of the surrounding area.”

“The SNA are motivated, keen to learn and professional. We are committed to long-term co-operation in order to help Somalia improve security and regain full control over its territory.”

The Somalia’s Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohammed said:

“Security and stability is crucial for the future of Somalia. Al Shabaab is a threat to the national security and supporting the army is vital in undermining the extremist efforts.”

“I would like to thank the UK government for their continuous support to Somalia. To the SNA you have an important role to play in securing the country, take advantage of the trainings provided to better yourself and to secure the country.”

The British military personnel have been training the SNA since January 2017. They have delivered courses on areas such as medical skills, leadership, equipment care, logistics and human rights.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of British Embassy Mogadishu.

12
May

UK’s organised crime threat at record level, warns National Crime Agency

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a man wearing a black bag: ‘Law enforcement needs new investment to help combat organised crime,’ says Lynne Owens, director general of the National Crime Agency.

© PA ‘Law enforcement needs new investment to help combat organised crime,’ says Lynne Owens, director general of the National Crime Agency.

Britain risks losing the fight against organised crime unless police receive significant new resources to tackle the “chronic and corrosive” threat from such groups, the head of the National Crime Agency has warned.

In a chilling assessment, the NCA’s director general, Lynne Owens, said the threat from organised crime groups was at unprecedented levels. “It is chronic and corrosive. The message needs to be heard by everyone.”

She added: “People should understand that serious and organised crime kills more of our citizens every year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined.”

In a rare political intervention, the head of an agency often described as Britain’s equivalent to the FBI reopened the debate on police funding, arguing that without significant investment the UK’s forces would fall further behind the criminals exploiting encrypted communications technology and dark web anonymity.

“Against a backdrop of globalisation, extremism and technological advances, serious and organised crime is changing fast, and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it,” said Owens, ahead of this week’s launch of the NCA’s annual strategic assessment into the impact of organised crime.

Last year Whitehall’s spending watchdog revealed the jobs of 44,000 police officers and staff had been lost since 2010, when the coalition government came to power, and that the Home Office had failed to even forecast the possible impact.

The writer Misha Glenny, who will chair a panel of senior officers at the NCA’s report launch in London on Tuesday, said the austerity drive had allowed powerful crime syndicates to flourish in the UK.

Glenny, whose book McMafia documented the globalisation of crime after the break-up of the Soviet bloc, said that when it was published in 2008 organised crime was viewed as a global concern and its impact on most British citizens was minimal.

“In the past 10 years what is really striking is how this industry has grown inside the UK. Austerity has been absolutely critical in this, partly because of the reduction in police capacity but also because of the continuing increase in inequality. A lot of victims of organised crime tend to be people on the margins who don’t have a voice. When you get an impoverishment of the population, which is what we have had over the last 10 years, you get an increase in desperation, and that opens up opportunities,” added Glenny.

Transnational criminal networks, the exploitation of technological improvements and “old-style violence” is allowing serious crime gangs to “dominate communities”, the NCA assessment will say this week.

“It will reveal the changing nature of organised crime and its wholesale undermining of the UK’s economy, integrity, infrastructure and institutions,” said the NCA in a statement.

The assessment, described as the most comprehensive yet by the NCA, will also chart the rise of poly-criminality where organised groups operate in several illegal trades such as drugs, firearms and human trafficking.

Last year the agency mapped 4,629 OCGs (organised crime groups) inside the UK with tens of thousands of members and says the threat has since continued to grow. One area of enduring concern remains the use of encrypted and anonymisation technology, the latter primarily on the dark web, that have eroded the ability of investigators to detect offenders.

One area of enduring concern remains the use of encrypted and anonymisation technology, the latter primarily on the dark web

On Saturday, the NCA celebrated the conclusion of an eight-year investigation by seizing £6m worth of assets, including an award-winning luxury hotel and a £100,000 Bentley, from alleged members of an international money-laundering group.

The assessment is also expected to warn that advances in technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the introduction of 5G, will present further potential opportunities for criminals.

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit will also be identified by the agency as an area for criminal exploitation. Last year the NCA raised concerns that crime groups would exploit “the design and implementation of a new UK customs system, or increased challenges for EU and UK law enforcement in locating and extraditing international fugitives, if the UK were to lose enforcement or intelligence-sharing tools”.

The report will also document the latest developments on modern slavery and human trafficking, organised immigration crime, cyber-crime, money-laundering, drugs and guns. So-called “county lines” drug supply networks are still expected to affect all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Source: The Gaudian

30
Apr

Huawei tech would risk UK-US intelligence ties, official says


A US official has warned that the UK and any other western countries that adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risk affecting intelligence cooperation with the United States

The escalation of the rhetoric comes days after a leak indicated the UK was prepared to give Huawei the go-ahead to supply “non-core” infrastructure – a security measure that the US said on Monday would not work in practice.

Robert Strayer, a deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of State, said on Monday that Huawei “was not a trusted vendor” and any use of its technology in 5G networks was a risk.

He said the US would “have to reassess our ability to be interconnected and share information” if Huawei was used by the UK or other European countries, implying intelligence sharing could be at risk.

Last week a tense UK national security council meeting narrowly approved in principle to Huawei being allowed to supply “non-core” 5G technology, despite objections from five of the cabinet ministers present and months of US lobbying.

The decision was leaked to the Daily Telegraph, prompting an inquiry in which ministers, advisers and officials are likely to be interviewed, and which will probably lead to calls for the leaker to be sacked, regardless of their seniority.

One of the ministers who objected, Jeremy Hunt, reiterated his concerns about Huawei overnight on an official visit to Africa.

The foreign secretary, widely considered a Conservative leadership candidate, said there should be “a degree of caution” about the role of large Chinese companies in the UK “because of the degree of control the Chinese state is able to exercise over them”.

Repeating rhetoric used by US intelligence agencies last week, Strayer said countries that adopted Huawei technology risked handing China “a loaded gun”, amid fears the technology could be used for mass surveillance.

He said such decisions were something that “western democracies who are concerned about human rights need to think carefully about”.

Although Strayer was simply restating the position of the Trump administration about Chinese telecoms equipment, the briefing was clearly a calculated intervention after the leak in the UK.

Gallery: The Trump administration is warning allies to stay away from a powerful Chinese company — but not everyone’s listening (Business Insider)

source:msn.com

10
Apr

President Donald J. Trump Remains Committed to Egypt and Middle East Stability

CAIRO, Egypt, April 10, 2019/APO Group

“It’s a great honor to be with President El-Sisi, a friend—a great friend—of Egypt. And we have very special things happening. Our relationship has never been stronger. And we’re working with Egypt on many different fronts, including military and trade.” – President Donald J. Trump

It’s a great honor to be with President El-Sisi, a friend—a great friend—of Egypt

A STRATEGIC AND POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP: The United States and Egypt have a strong relationship with many security and economic implications.

  • Today marks the second visit of President El-Sisi to the White House since 2017.
  • Egypt has long been an important strategic partner in the Middle East.
  • United States assistance to Egypt has played a central role in the country’s economic and military development.
  • Since the 1979 Egypt–Israel Treaty of Peace, the United States has provided Egypt with more than $40 billion in military assistance and $30 billion in economic assistance.
  • Egypt has become an anchor of stability in the Middle East, as exemplified by its enduring forty-year peace with Israel.
  • The United States encourages the Egyptian government to preserve space for civil society and to protect human rights.

PROMOTING REGIONAL STABILITY: President Trump is strengthening our partnership with Egypt and promoting regional stability across the Middle East.

  • President Trump is working with Egypt on issues impacting regional stability including conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Yemen and progress on the Middle East Strategic Alliance.
  • The Trump Administration is working with Egypt to combat terrorism and to stop the spread of radical Islamic terrorism.
  • The United States is providing Egypt with military training and equipment to support counterterrorism efforts.
  • We continue to strengthen our strategic relationship through security cooperation and broader security efforts.
  • President Trump applauds Egypt’s efforts to advance female economic empowerment and promote religious freedom.
  • The Trump Administration supports the Egyptian government’s bold program of economic reform, which will set Egypt on the course of long-term economic stability.
  • Egypt hosted the inaugural meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which will enhance economic cooperation and shared prosperity among countries across the region.

EXPANDING FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE: President Trump is building on the strong and robust trade relationship between the United States and Egypt.

  • The United States and Egypt have a robust bilateral trade relationship.
  • President Trump hopes to build on this relationship through cooperation and mutual benefit.
  • America is one of Egypt’s leading trade partners.
  • In 2018, the United States goods trade surplus with Egypt was $2.6 billion, a 9.3 percent increase from 2017.
  • In 2018, United States goods exports to Egypt totaled $5.1 billion, up 26.7 percent from 2017.
  • America and Egypt continue to work together to promote fair trade and increased investment by addressing market access, standards, labor, and intellectual property protection issues.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy – Cairo.

10
Apr

High-level visit by international partners to Hargeisa, SomaliIand

Source: British Embassy Mogadishu |

The delegation met with President Muse Bihi Abdi, all political parties, Parliament, the Electoral Commission and representatives of civil society organisations

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 10, 2019/APO Group/ —

A high-level delegation of Ambassadors and representatives from Denmark, European Union, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom visited Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 2 to 3 April 2019. The delegation met with H.E. President Muse Bihi Abdi, all political parties, Parliament, the Electoral Commission and representatives of civil society organisations.

The main purpose of the visit was to demonstrate the partners’ continued support for Somaliland’s democratisation process and, in that context, underline the need for parliamentary and local council elections to take place on time ‪on 12 December 2019‬.

The delegation noted with concern the lack of progress in the preparations for the elections due to disagreements between the three main political parties and in the passage of electoral legislation in the Parliament.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The delegation expressed the willingness of the international community to work with Somaliland to address the current drought

The delegation regretted this state of affairs, and underlined the risks that further delay would pose to the democratic credentials and international perception of Somaliland. Partners urged all political parties to demonstrate their commitment and will to make the necessary compromises to unblock the stalemate and to support the work of the Electoral Commission.‬‬They also urged the House of Representatives to accelerate the passage of the Electoral Law.

They underlined that elections should be held according to the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility in a peaceful environment and stressed that women and minorities needed to be provided with a legally enforceable right to participate and be elected.

The delegation expressed the willingness of the international community to work with Somaliland to address the current drought. The delegation stressed that the long-term solution to the negative impact of recurrent droughts lay with a sustainable and resilient development trajectory.

They also welcomed a commitment by the H.E. President Muse Bihi Abdi to pursuing dialogue with H.E. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo and with H.E. President Said Abdullahi Deni of Puntland, including on current security challenges.

The delegation thanked their hosts for their warm hospitality during the visit and reaffirmed their support for Somaliland’s development and democratisation.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of British Embassy Mogadishu.

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