The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, yesterday held talks with the Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdisaid Muse Ali.
In congratulating him on his new appointment, Minister Di Maio emphasised the deep and historical roots of the bilateral relationship, expressing the desire to further strengthen cooperation in the many areas of common interest.
First of all, he confirmed Italy’s traditional commitment to security in Somalia. He then called for a peaceful continuation of the electoral process, highlighting Italian and European expectations for its conclusion without further delay.
He then reaffirmed his support for the African-led process, aimed at reshaping the AMISOM mission, with a view to strengthening its civilian dimension and ensuring a stronger role for the Somali security forces.
Minister Di Maio then stressed Italy’s significant commitment to the stability and security of Somalia, both at the bilateral level, for training Somali security forces, and at the European level, with a qualified participation in the three missions EUTM, EUCAP Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta.
Finally, the Foreign Minister highlighted the numerous initiatives launched by Italy in Somalia, which is considered a priority country for Italian development cooperation, particularly in the fields of rural development, infrastructure, food security, health and humanitarian demining, as well as emergency contributions. Alongside this commitment there is also the traditional support to the Somali National University, in light of the importance Italy attaches to education.