Middle East

International commitments to help Mogadishu combat piracy

London: Mogadishu obtained international commitments in terms of money and military aid, at an international conference for Somalia held in London yesterday, and attended by more than 50 countries.

The conference's final statement noted that maritime piracy operations have declined significantly, and hunger rates have declined as well, and that the Somali economy is in a situation of recovery.

At the conclusion of the London summit, Britain pledged to grant $279m to raise the number of security forces and the police in Somalia, and enhance wireless communications on the Somali coast as part of efforts to combat rampant piracy along the international shipping lanes near Somalia.  [09/05/13]

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