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Somali premier thanks Italy, 'expects more'

Terzi says Shabaab in 'growing difficulty'

30 January, 18:18
Somali premier thanks Italy, 'expects more' (ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - Somali Premier Abdiweli Mohamed Ali on Monday thanked Italy for helping his beleaguered government but said it "expected Italy to do more".

Speaking after talks with Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, Ali said Somalia was grateful for Italy's efforts in "humanitarian activities, security, reconciliation and transition".

But given Italy's "unique historical links" to the Horn of Africa country, he said, "there is the expectation that Italy should do more".

Terzi voiced Italy's "strong determination to continue to support Somalia's (progress) towards stability and security," amid the "growing difficulties" of the Shabaab Islamist insurgency.

He stressed that Somalia's transition process, already eight years old, "must be concluded by next summer according to the Garowe principles," referring to guidelines for the creation of new institutions adopted by the government last summer.

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