Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has visited Somali as part of a national security visit. The UK is the only country to maintain an embassy in the county and has invested heavily in projects to secure a safe Somali.
Hammond said in a statement:
“A secure and stable Somalia is the UK’s top priority in East Africa and is in our own national security interests. Britain is providing security support to Somalia and to the African Union to tackle Al Shabaab, a terrorist organisation that cannot be allowed to take hold.
This week’s Al Shabaab attack is yet another reminder of the importance of the work we are doing to support Somalia and to increase security across the region.
Britain is increasing its support to the UN peace operations, with around 70 British military personnel deploying to Somalia.
I was encouraged to hear from Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on the progress that has been made towards a more inclusive electoral process for August 2016. This will be a key step towards one-person, one-vote elections in 2020 and agreement of an overall Federal settlement, which is also crucial to Somalia’s future stability”.