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Over the past four years, SNA and AMISOM have regained key towns across Somalia: Minister Hadliye

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H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Hadliye Omer, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of the Federal Republic of Somalia. General Assembly Seventy-first session 20th plenary meeting General Debate. September 24, 2016

H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Hadliye Omer,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
General Assembly Seventy-first session 20th plenary meeting
General Debate.
September 24, 2016

New York ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – Speaking at the general debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Hadliye Omer underscored that no one nation, no matter how big or powerful, can address global climate change, terrorism, poverty or mass population displacement on its own.

“In this age of globalization, interconnectivity and interdependence, there is a duty on us all to work even more closely together to protect and advance the common interests of all mankind,” said Minister Dr. Abdusalam Hadliye Omer in his address and expressed the Somali Government’s commitment to the UN Charter, as well as to the values of justice, peace and progress for all.

Foreign Minister’s speech at the general debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Reporting on his country’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said Somalia has developed an inclusive, people-oriented and implementable national development plan which will serve as a blueprint for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the time frame.

“Our government is immersed in laying the groundwork for the successful implementation of the crucial Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with a focus on peace and security, good governance and economic and social development through innovative partnerships at home” Minister Abdusalam said.

Somalia's Foreign Minister Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

He added “We are determined, in the interest of our national and regional development and progress, that no one is left behind Leaving people behind, especially the most vulnerable in our societies, will only symbolize incomplete progress and mean division and a lack of social solidarity among our people and within our nations”.

Speaking on his country’s response to terrorism, the Minister highlighted that, with the support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the nation has made significant inroads against Al-Shabaab, and over the past four years, key towns and cities have been regained. Now, the terrorist group controls less than 10 per cent of territory in the country.

“Somalia is winning the war against international terrorism at home and contributing to the creation of a safer world through security cooperation with international partners across the world. With the support of our brave National Security Services and AMISOM, we have militarily defeated the evil that is AlShabaab” Minister Abdusalam said in UNGA 2016.

He also highlighted that his country recognized the importance of peacebuilding to address and respond to the international refugee crisis that it appreciated the contributions that migrant workers make to their new and old homes through remittances and cultural exchanges that are vital to promote tolerance.

Concluding his address, Minister Omer offered his assurances that as the global community takes important steps to tackle complex challenges, Somalia and its people will play their part in the solutions.

Click here to peruse the text of the speech (English language).

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