Visit of Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: round table and extracts from the joint press briefing, 21/02/2012, Brussels
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 21/02/2012 First transmission: 21/02/2012
On 21 February 2012, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister, paid a visit to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in Brussels. On this occasion, they participated to a press conference about the situation in Somalia and how the European Union will continue to support the country in order to restore peace and stability.
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||Handshake between José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister
||Roundtable with Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and José Manuel Barroso
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Abdiweli Mohamed Ali at the press room, in Brussels
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: I have reaffirmed to Abdiweli Mohamed Ali that the EU is firmly committed to continue assisting Somalia to restore peace and stability so that all Somalis have the chance to live a better life. European Union is already doing a lot and is at the forefront of the support to Somalia and its people.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: Let me recall that we are the lead donor, with 15 million euro allocated for 2008-2013, funding activities on governance, education and economic development. We are also the first humanitarian actor in the region; we showed it again by our swift reaction to provide an emergency support when the famine struck Somalia over the summer.
||General view of the press room
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso saying that: Today we understand there is a need for an increase number of troops to help secure the country. Ahead of the London conference, I'm happy to say the EU stands ready to mobilize additional resources ton enable an increase of the number of troops pending a decision of the United Nation Security Council. Our effort will be substantial but will only cover part of the increase needs so I call on the other donors and international communities to step up their assistance.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Abdiweli Mohamed Ali: The EU is a major donor and key partner to Somalia. It's an honour to be so warmly received here today in Brussels. Somalia is emerging from a long difficult period. Today I provided an update of the huge progress made in the area of security, political reconciliation, constitutional making process and the development of good governance institutions.
||General view of the speakers
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Abdiweli Mohamed Ali: I'm encouraged by the enthusiasm, the energy, the willingness and the interest shown to me and my country. I'm hopeful that Somalia will reclaim its role in the international landscape. Somalia is moving from an era of lawlessness, chaos, extremisms to an era of peace and stability.
||José Manuel Barroso and Abdiweli Mohamed Ali leaving the press room