Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Khayre, has commended the Ugandan government for contribution made in ending the decade-long civil war and bringing back hope for peace and security in the horn of Africa country. Mr. Khayre made the remarks at a ceremony hosted by the Ugandan embassy in Somalia, Monday, to mark 55th Independence Anniversary of the East African Nation.
He noted that the two countries had strong historical relations, which had seen them help each other in times of need. “Uganda led the rallying call to deploy forces to Somalia in 2007. These brave forces, working together with our Somali troops, and other Troop Contributing Countries have facilitated the return of hope for the Somali people; given them an opportunity for freedom and prosperity that they have not experienced for many years,” the Prime Minister stated.
Somalia plunged into civil war in 1991 after the collapse of President Siad Barre’s government, leading to the deaths of hundreds of civilians before the intervention of the United Nations and the African Union. The ceremony held in Mogadishu was attended by representatives of Troop and Police Contributing Countries in Somalia, United Nation officials and members of the diplomatic corp among others.