Tanzania pledges backing for Somalia’s bold security plan

In a groundbreaking move, Tanzania has pledged to support Somalia’s security strategy to combat the ongoing threat of Al-Shabaab. President Samia Suluhu Hassan praised Somalia’s efforts to restore peace and security within its borders and promised continued support in international forums to promote stability.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and President Hassan expressed their commitment to working together on issues of mutual interest during Hassan Sheikh’s state visit to Tanzania, coinciding with the country’s 60th anniversary. This visit marked a significant moment as the first official visit by a Somali leader since Somalia joined the East African Community.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of unity within their countries to advance the broader goal of African unity, echoing the vision of the continent’s founders. They agreed to hold consultations with sectoral stakeholders to identify areas of collaboration beneficial to both parties.

President Samia pledged to provide training opportunities in defense, security, and government services to assist Somalia in capacity building. Cooperation in social sectors such as health and education was also highlighted, demonstrating Tanzania’s commitment to supporting its neighbor.

Tanzania and Somalia will work together on various aspects of regional cooperation within the East African Community, ensuring mutual benefits for both nations. Hassan Sheikh expressed gratitude to Tanzania for its unwavering support during challenging times with neighboring countries.

Overall, the agreement between Tanzania and Somalia signals a significant step forward in enhancing security and stability in the region. This partnership underscores the importance of collaboration and unity in addressing common challenges.

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