Sudan, Somalia agree to step up security cooperation

Leaders of two African states make announcement at joint press conference in capital Khartoum

Anadolu Agency

Khartoum and Mogadishu have agreed to establish a “comprehensive” security and economic partnership with a view to promoting stability in Somalia.

At a Thursday press conference in Sudanese capital Khartoum, the two leaders vowed to work together to combat terrorism, transnational crime and other common security threats.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed thanked Sudan for its policy of providing technical and security training to the Somali army and police.

He also voiced appreciation for Sudan’s ongoing assistance in the higher education sector.

“Your government has provided tens of thousands of scholarships to Somali students, along with much-needed technical and security training to the Somali security apparatuses,” Mohamed said.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, for his part, reiterated his country’s commitment to helping Somalia achieve stability.

He also congratulated his Somali counterpart on the latter’s victory in February presidential elections.

Al-Bashir went on to say that Sudan would continue to provide Somalia with security and economic assistance, while also helping the country deal with the effects of the drought now plaguing the Horn of Africa region.

“We are happy to see Somalia moving forward toward peace and stability,” al-Bashir said.

The two leaders also announced that Sudan would help Somalia with the minting of its national currency.