UK pledges to support Somali govt in fight against Al-Shabaab: foreign minister

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UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly said on Monday his government would continue to support Somali leadership in the fight against Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab.

“We continue to support the Somali government in the fight against al-Shabaab,” Britain’s foreign minister tweeted. “We’re providing over €50m in UK aid this year to support the Somali people most in need with food, water & healthcare.”

The statement came following phone talks between British foreign minister and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Britain trains and equips thousands of Somali troops in training facilities in the town of Baidoa, southwest of Somalia.

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