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Saturday 19 April 2014

UK pledges Somalia security aid

Prime Minister David Cameron and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud host talks in London

Britain will contribute to a £50 million fund to improve security in Somalia, David Cameron has said.

Speaking after an international conference in London aimed at bolstering support for the troubled African nation, the Prime Minister said there had been "remarkable" progress since the first meeting last year but warned that "huge challenges" remain.

Mr Cameron said radicalism was "poisoning young Somali minds" which posed a threat to UK security.

"If we ignore it we will be making the same mistakes in Somalia that we made in Afghanistan in the 1990s. I'm not prepared to let that happen."

Britain and a number of nations including China, America and South Africa, have agreed to contribute to the £50 million funding pot that will back plans to build up the army, police force and strengthen maritime security.

Press Association

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