José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, receives Hassan SHEIKH MOHAMUD, President of Somalia: arrival, roundtable and extracts from their joint press briefing following their meeting
Première transmission: 30/01/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 30/01/2013
On 30 January, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia, held a joint press briefing following their meeting.
"Somalia has turned a page and wishes to take ownership of its future and of the well-being of its people," said President Barroso after a meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday that was devoted to the ways the EU can assist Somalia on its path to a stable political future.
"I highlighted to President Mohamud during our meeting the importance of maintaining inclusive and accountable government, respect for human rights and basic freedoms, and the provision of basic social services to all Somalis," said President Barroso, adding that Somalia can count on the European Union's support.
He reiterated that the EU is already the largest donor in Somalia, having mobilized over half a billion euros in development aid since 2008 and €60 million in humanitarian assistance this year alone.
The President also encouraged Somalia's active and positive engagement in the region, highlighting the benefits that regional cooperation can bring to all countries in the Horn of Africa, for example, in trade and in tackling common challenges.
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||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, shaking hands with Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia (2 shots)
||Roundtable with José Manuel Barroso and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (4 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arriving
||SOUNDBITE (in English) José Manuel Barroso, EC President: Somalia has turned a page and wishes to take ownership of its future and of the well-being of its people. I highlighted to President Mohamud during our meeting the importance of maintaining inclusive and accountable government, respect for human rights and basic freedoms, and the provision of basic social services to all Somalis. We discussed how the European Union can assist Somalia in achieving these objectives.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) José Manuel Barroso:In doing this, we attach great importance to Somali ownership and we are listening to Somali needs and priorities. We also discussed our continued support for security, which is key to creating an environment conducive to sustainable economic growth, where development can take hold and where men and women can contribute to the socio-economic revival of the country.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Hassan Sheikh Mohamud saying that: Somalia never forgot who has helped when it needed. Most EU naval force have successfully reduced the threat from the piracy. And we need to work together when dealing with piracy which includes poverty, loneliness. So that our young people will have better future and lives. And that is an area where EU has proven to be really supportive for Somalia and today we discussed it.
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||SOUNDBITE ((in English) Hassan Sheikh Mohamud saying that: we are working for a Somalia which is at peace with itself and at peace with the regions, and the world at large. We look to the future with hope, pride and optimism and finally we agree to work very closely on money issues which include combating all threat from piracy, extremism, poverty and rebuilding Somalia institutions.