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(London, UK) The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Hassan Sh. Mohamud today asked the world community for its “total and unflinching commitment, partnership and support” as Somalia set out its plans for reform and development.

Co-chairing the second Somalia Conference in London with The Rt Hon David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, President Hassan said “We hope that you will agree how you can support the implementation of our plans and put an end to our dependence on the international community.”

During the day the President also met with the Heads of Delegations from UK, USA, UAE, Turkey, Denmark, Qatar, Sweden, AU, UN and many more.

At a joint Press conference with Mr Cameron, President Hassan stated “I want to thank the PM, UK Government and the people of United Kingdom for hosting this second Somalia conference in London. And for the leadership, commitment and dedication in helping Somalia. We are very grateful for the unwavering support of the UK.

“Also I want to thank all the world leaders and delegates who have come to participate and give us their support. The world has gathered in London but it is the people of Somalia who must feel the effect of this conference.

“This conference comes at a critical time for Somalia as we emerge from a long period of chaos, instability, extremism and piracy into an era of peace and development. The issues confronted by Somalia are all matters that concern the UK and the world.”

“We came here to present our plans for reform knowing that the international community will support peace and stability in Somalia. The time to help Somalia is now. We cannot allow the immense progress we have made to be wasted.

“We are starting to see signs of recovery, and economic revival. If we act now to support the Somali Government, we will see this trend continue and a speedy end to the era of dependence.”

In his press conference President Hassan concluded by saying “since the issues faced by my people are global it requires our collective efforts, commitment and determination to confront them now before it gets too late. We cannot afford to miss this golden opportunity and we hope the world will response positively and help us with a marshal plan for Somalia.”

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