Italy to help Somalia hold a peaceful election in 2016
Italy has pledged more support for Somalia especially in the security sector as the east African country is heading towards a crucial parliamentary and presidential elections by the end of this year.
The announcement was made by the current Italian ambassador to Somalia Carlos Capella, while speaking to reporters at a press conference in Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday morning.
The Italian ambassador said continued support by the international community was key to stabilizing Somalia and urged partner countries to fast track assistance to the federal government in Mogadishu.
Mr Capella has condemned in the strongest terms possible Tuesday’s Al shabaab attack in Afgoye town, which left 15 people, including army officers dead.
He said his government is committed to help Somalia restore peace and defeat Al shabaab fighters who are waging years on insurgency in the country, to unseat the UN-backed federal government.