The British Embassy in Mogadishu yesterday celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd birthday bringing together special guests from across Somali government, civil society, media and international partners to celebrate the strong ties between UK and Somalia.
Speaking during his first Queen’s Birthday Party in Mogadishu, British Ambassador to Somalia Ben Fender, reflected on the strong partnership between the UK and Somalia highlighting how the two countries are building security, creating jobs and changing lives.
“I am proud that we are your partners, we championed the call of debt relief- now within reach, a million Somalis have sustainable access to clean water thanks to the UK and we reach over 3million with our humanitarian support.” Said Ben
The UK has also been at the forefront supporting the first Somali-led military operation in Lower Shabelle region with the UK stabilisation team travelling with the Somali army into newly liberated areas and providing support to communities within days.
The Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre, was the guest of honor at the celebrations. He thanked the UK for being a key ally to Somalia and playing an important role in the countries reconciliation and recovery process.
“Because of our historic ties and strategic partnership, our two countries will continue to be close; continually working together in a way that is mutually beneficial for both our nations. As a country we remain grateful for the support and partnership that reflects the objectives of the Somali nation. Somalia has made great strides politically, economically and in the security sector over the past two years and we thank you for being with us.”