Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The State of Qatar |

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets Somali Prime Minister

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations as well as issues of common concern

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met on Monday with HE Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre, during His Excellency's visit to Somalia. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations as well as issues of common concern.…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

Joint Military Exercise Justified Accord 2019 strengthens Partner Networks and Peacekeeping Operations

U.S. Army Africa-led exercise designed to enhance the capacity and capability of participating staff and forces in peacekeeping operations in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia

The U.S. military and the Ethiopian National Defence Force, in cooperation with other partner nations, successfully concluded exercise Justified Accord 2019 (JA19) on July 30, with a closing ceremony held at the Peace Support Training Center in Addis Ababa. Justified Accord is a U.S. Army Africa-led exercise designed to enhance…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Ethiopians abused on Gulf Migration Route

Trafficking, Exploitation, Torture, Abusive Prison Conditions

Ethiopians undertaking the perilous journey by boat across the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden face exploitation and torture in Yemen by a network of trafficking groups, Human Rights Watch said today. They also encounter abusive prison conditions in Saudi Arabia before being summarily forcibly deported back to Addis Ababa.…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Djibouti |

New commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) General Stephen J. Townsend visits Djibouti

This was his first trip to the African continent since taking command on July 26, 2019

The new commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) General Stephen J. Townsend visited Djibouti August 6-8, 2019 to meet with Republic of Djibouti senior defense officials and to attend meetings at Camp Lemonnier.  This was his first trip to the African continent since taking command on July 26, 2019.…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Meeting with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre

The Prime Minster briefed the Under Secretary on recent political and security developments and Somalia’s progress towards meeting the conditions for debt relief

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met today with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in Mogadishu, Somalia.  The Under Secretary reaffirmed America’s commitment to assist Somalia with political reform, economic development, and stabilization efforts. The Prime Minster briefed the Under…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale’s Travel to Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan

On August 6, Under Secretary Hale will pay tribute to the victims of the August 7, 1998, embassy bombings in a commemoration ceremony in Nairobi

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan from August 5-7, 2019.  His trip will advance America’s commitment to peace and security in the Horn of Africa and commercial interests in the region. Under Secretary Hale visited Mogadishu on August 5 and met with…

Source: EU Delegation to Kenya |

Regional Conference on Anti-Labour Trafficking Exchange of good practices among national anti-trafficking bodies in the Horn of Africa - Nairobi, 6-7 August 2019

Kenya has been identified as a source, transit, and destination country for victims of human trafficking

Every day young Kenyans leave their homes and move abroad, leaving behind their families and exchanging the warm familiarity of their own culture, traditions and social roots for an uncertain future in a foreign country. Most of them travel along the Eastern Migration Route towards the Gulf Countries, which offer…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) continued efforts to broaden the tax base and strengthen tax administration has been reflected in increased domestic revenue

On July 22, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2019 Article IV consultation [1] with Somalia. Improved confidence, on the back of the continued implementation of reforms, and strong donor support continue to support economic activity, especially in the telecom, trade, construction, and financial sectors. However, poor…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Drought and conflict leave 8.7 million people hungry in Somalia and South Sudan

The failure of the long rains in Somalia and impact of the war in South Sudan have led to massive displacement, limiting agriculture opportunities, increasing food prices and inflation

Severe drought and ongoing violence in East Africa has put 8.7 million people in Somalia and South Sudan at risk of severe food insecurity. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is calling for early action and increased support to avert famine, especially in South Sudan and Somalia. The failure of the…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. airstrike targets ISIS-Somalia in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

Precision airstrikes such as these support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somali people from terrorism and support long-term security in the region

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS terrorists in the Golis Mountain region, Somalia, on July 27, 2019. "Airstrikes like these remain an effective tool in the counter-terrorist campaign against ISIS and al-Shabab," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William West,…