London (HAN) August 4.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. UK’s commitment to Somalia, making clear that regional security is a top priority.
The UK is the forefront of efforts to improve security and stability in Somalia and the surrounding region. Tobias Ellwood, British Minister for the Middle East and Africa, visited Somalia. Ellwood reiterated the UK’s commitment to East Africa, making clear that regional security is a top priority. The UK is the only EU country to maintain an Embassy in Somalia.
The UK is the only EU country to maintain an Embassy in Somalia and has been at the forefront of efforts to improve security and stability in Somalia and the surrounding region. Kenya is pivotal to the success of the region, and its continued commitment to working with international partners to build stability in Somalia will be vital.
Speaking at the end of the two day visit the Minister said:
The UK has strong and enduring links with Africa and I want to ensure that across the continent people know that this cooperation and our engagement will not only continue, but strengthen and deepen in the years ahead.
Regional security in East Africa is incredibly high up the agenda for me and I was proud to meet members of the British Armed Forces working to support the African Union and UN Missions. Their deployment exemplifies how important this region is to the UK and shows our continued commitment to securing lasting peace.