His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State, delivered the United Arab Emirates’ national statement at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia and called on the international community to support the scale up of humanitarian and climate change responses in the country. The meeting took place during the UAE’s presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of June, and was marked by the attendance of HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia.
HE Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan called for assistance to address the plight of millions of Somalis affected by drought and displacement. “Scaled up and coordinated assistance should be put in place to tackle the twin humanitarian and climate crises,” he stated. His Excellency further highlighted the UAE’s commitment to supporting Somalia in these areas, with assistance amounting to USD194.6 million from 2018 to 2023.
During his address, HE also underscored that acts of terrorism, particularly attacks by Al-Shabaab, pose the most significant threats to Somalia in achieving its political and socio-economic ambitions. “In the first quarter of 2023, the number of terrorism-related incidents surpassed all previous quarterly averages on record since 2016,” stated HE Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan. “The UAE is deeply concerned about the increase in attacks by Al-Shabaab against civilians and security actors, including those targeting ATMIS personnel and facilities.”
HE Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan further highlighted the UAE’s commitment to supporting Somalia’s national vision, emphasizing the importance of fostering reconciliation, updating the electoral system, and enhancing cooperation between the Government of Somalia and Federal States through the National Consultative Council. He commended the government’s efforts in reaching agreements and compromise through dialogue and negotiation, which demonstrate their resolve to build a Somalia that reflects the aspirations of its people.
Throughout his visit, HE Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan also engaged in bilateral meetings with senior officials from the UN and the broader diplomatic community, further reinforcing the UAE’s commitment to international cooperation and partnership. On the sidelines of his address to the UN Security Council, he met with HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia, as well as Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. HE Minister Al Nahyan also met with HE Amar Bendjama, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs&International Cooperation.