Kuwait donates USD 13 mln to Somalia - Min.
LONDON-- The State of Kuwait affirmed Tuesday unlimited support for Somalia to help the African country rebuild itself following two decades of conflict.
"The State of Kuwait seeks in the upcoming period to reopen an embassy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, following the stability of security situation," Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah told KUNA on sidelines of an international conference to assist Somalia.
He said Kuwait would spare no effort to extending political and economic support for the Somali people.
Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait was ready to provide all types of support be it in domains of development, culture, education and training.
"The instructions of His Highness the Amir (of Kuwait) are clear to boosting relations between the two brotherly countries," he noted.
Sheikh Mohammad said speeches of heads of delgations were "positive" and all dealt with the situation in Somalia and that the Somalis in diaspora were keen on returning to their country to rebuild it.
Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait has recently donated USD 10 million to Somalia, and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah donated additional USD three million for the Somali people.
Sheikh Mohammad recalled that Somalia stood by Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
"The State of Kuwait wished to see Somalia a strong country and enjoying stability and prosperity," he said.
He hoped the international community would honor its pledges and assist the Somali people.
Sheikh Mohammad, meanwhile, strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mogadishu that took place last week.
The Somalia conference was chaired by British prime minister David Cameron.
Somalia appreciates Kuwaiti aid
LONDON-- A Somali presidential spokesman lauded here on Tuesday Kuwaiti support for the Somali people, saying that "Kuwait's relief efforts have contributed to bolstering efforts to fend off the reflections of the humanitarian crisis." Speaking to KUNA on the sidelines of an international aid conference to assist Somalia, Presidential Spokesman Abdulrahman Omar Othman said Kuwait played an active role in the provision of all types of support to Somalia.
He hoped that the State of Kuwait would continue its efforts to back his war-torn country by means of offering technical assistance to the Somali people.
He added that fraternal relations between both brotherly countries stem from the fact that they share religious, historical, social and cultural commonalities.
The Somali presidential spokesman emphasized that his country is in dire need of continuing aid from Gulf and Arab countries in order to be able to manage its difficult living conditions.