Mogadishu, 9 December 2020.
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, went to Mogadishu for her third visit to Somalia since 2018, to participate in the Donors Conference for the reconstruction of the Somali National University (SNU), which the Italian Cooperation has supported since its foundation in 1969. Speaking at the Conference, the Deputy Minister recalled how in recent years Italy has provided important support for the resumption of UNS operations, through numerous initiatives for the infrastructural rehabiliation of the campus, the improvement of the training offer and the assignment to young graduates of scholarships at Italian universities. The Deputy Minister has announced that Italy will support part of the renovation of the university campus in 2021 with its own contribution and will increase scholarships to the most deserving students.
During the event, Del Re also signed the bilateral Framework Agreement for Development Cooperation, together with Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak. The Deputy Minister then had bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Roble, the Minister of State to the Presidency of the Republic, Hassan Khalif, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Kadija Mhammed Dirye, who announced a flight to Bosaso in the coming days with a humanitarian load in response to the recent floods in the Puntland area. On the security side, the Deputy Minister recalled Italy’s role in strengthening the skills of Somali law enforcement agencies, through training by our Carabinieri at the Djibouti base and the importance of Italian contingents and personnel in the three European missions present in Somalia: EUNAVFOR Atalanta, EUTM and EUCAP.
“Somalia is a strategic partner for Italy and a priority country in our foreign policy and development cooperation action. We will continue to support Mogadishu in the reconstruction and stabilization process also in view of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. ” – said the Deputy Minister – “Italy is now called to assume a more significant leadership role in the main multilateral fora and will continue to support Somalia’s efforts in its path towards sustainable development and progress.”