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Seychelles engages with new Somali government to help in hostage situation

Seychelles engages with new Somali government to help in hostage situation ( Following the election of the new Somali President and formation of a new Somali government, Vice President Danny Faure has held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister in the Office of the President of Somalia in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In the discussions with HE Abdullahi Haji Hassan Nuur, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and HE Mr. Abdirahim Abdi Abikar, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, the Vice President urged the Somali government to seize the momentum of the recent positive developments in Somalia to also accelerate the process of liberation of the hundreds of hostages still being held in various parts of Somalia and especially the two Seychellois hostages, Marc Songoire and Rolly Tambara.

The Vice President welcomed the election of the new President who was not in attendance at the UNGA, and expressed his support for the efforts of the government to gradually bring more security to Somalia.

The Vice President also reiterated the call made in his UNGA address earlier to the international community to bring more support and investment to provide the appropriate infrastructure to ensure security in Somalia.

It is noted that the recent displacement of Al-Shabab from their previous stronghold in the Somali town in Kismayo by Kenyan forces represents a strong indication that the tide is turning in favor of a much-improved security situation in Somalia.

“The continued impunity of pirates in parts of Somalia, however, remains a great concern, and we are determined to work in partnership with Somalia and the international community to ensure that our people are safe, that justice is achieved, and that our seas become safe once again," the Vice President remarked following the meeting.

“We are encouraged by the willingness of the Somali government to try and address these issues, while we continue to work on all fronts to secure the release of our compatriots," he added.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, and new Seychellois Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Marie-Louise Potter, were also in attendance of the talks.


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