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Foreign Secretary meets Foreign Minister of Somalia

LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Foreign Secretary met the Somali Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam today, Deputy Prime Minister and the first female Foreign Minister of Somalia.

Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

“I am delighted to have met Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam in her first visit to the UK in her new role. Somalia has made tangible progress in recent months, both politically following the end of the transitional period, and in improving security, with Al Shabab pushed from major towns. It is critical that this momentum continues. The Foreign Minister outlined the Somali government’s plans to tackle the challenges ahead including improving security, increasing access to justice, transparent financial management, political reconciliation and economic development. The UK is committed to working in partnership with the Somali government to support these priorities and to ensure coordinated international assistance.”

Source: African Press Organization

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