Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visits Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, March 16, 2017 (FBC) – UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is in Addis Ababa for talks with Ethiopian officials.

During his visit, the Foreign Secretary will discuss regional security, prosperity and the upcoming London Somalia Conference on 11 May 2017, according to a press release from Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the Government of UK.

Mr Johnson made his first visit to Mogadishu yesterday, where he spent seven hours on the ground in Somalia.

He met with President of Somalia Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Khayre to discuss the drought affecting large areas of east and west Africa and how the UK and Somalia are working together to improve the security situation to allow the economic development that can help reduce the country’s vulnerability to natural crises.

Mr Johnson saw demonstrations of the training that the British Military are providing to Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) forces. This training is vital to help Somali forces combat terrorism and take responsibility for the security of their country.

At the newly opened Drought Operations Coordination Centre, the Foreign Secretary saw how the UN is organizing the response to Somalia’s devastating drought and how UK Aid is reaching more than a million people with lifesaving food, water and emergency healthcare.

Mr Johnson also met with regional leaders, newly elected Somali MPs and joined a training session for Somali prosecutors and law students which is helping to improve the Somali criminal justice system.

Posted by Amare Asrat