The United States has committed to backing Somalia’s new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s security, reconciliation and reform agenda.
Speaking during her visit to Mogadishu on Monday, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said the US government also plans to provide urgently needed food, famine prevention, and other humanitarian assistance for Somalia.
This is part of close to $105 million in new humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa.
During the meeting with President Mohamud, Under Secretary Nuland also expressed continued US support for Somalia and African Union-led counterterrorism efforts.
Somalia is facing devastating drought and food insecurity conditions due to rain failure and political instability.
Under Secretary Nuland held a round table meeting with Special Envoy for Drought Response Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame and UN agencies in Somalia, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNICEF, and World Food Programme, to discuss the crisis.
Villa Somalia, the seat of power in Somalia, said the continues to be a reliable partner as Somalia strengthens its state institutions to achieve political, security and economic stability.
Nuland also visited Djibouti, where she met with Foreign Affairs minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf and discussed the country’s role in security and stability across the Horn of Africa.
She also held talks with President Ismail Omar Guelleh on the “strong US-Djibouti partnership, regional issues, employment, and food and fuel security”.