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Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Russia to help Somalia in fight against al-Shabaab
– The government of Somalia has asked Russia to help equip its armed forces in its fight against terror group al-Shabaab not just in Somalia but in region
– Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said his country is ready to consider military cooperation with Somalia in fighting terrorism
For the last few years Kenya and Somalia have suffered severe attacks from the Somalia based al-Shabaab militants, but now both countries should be optimistic in destroying the the terror group, as a new ally is about to join them.
After a meeting with Russian officials on Tuesday, April 19 Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke askedRussia to help equip its armed forces to fight terrorism were al-Shabaab continues its deadly insurgency.
The government of Somalia also asked for Russia’s help in strengthening of its economy which has been struggling.
“Support in peacekeeping operations is one of the possible aspects of strengthening our armed forces. It is highly important for us to strengthen our law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism. Therefore, we would like to request such support from you,” Sharmarke said at the meeting with Sergei Lavrov the Russian foreign minister.