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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Kikwete in London for Somalia conference

23rd February 2012
President Jakaya Kikwete

President Jakaya Kikwete is in London, United Kingdom, to join other world heads of state and government, as well as leaders of international organisations from over 40 countries, for an international conference on Somalia.

He was invited to the conference by UK Prime Minister David Cameroun when the two leaders met at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this year.

Kikwete, whose experience on Somalia matters was expected to be useful to the conference, will join the other leaders in pushing for a new International Approach to Somalia conflict.

At the meeting, Tanzania will be given chance to share its experience on the best ways of fighting against Somali pirates , which over the last two years, it has caused 29 incidents of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean.

The theme of the conference is, ‘Security Inside Somalia itself.” The conference aims to find ways of strengthening the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia and to strengthen the political process.

Other issues include, fighting pirates, strengthening of peace and ways the international community can help to solidify provinces within Somalia following weaknesses of the central government.

The conference will also discuss on support to Somali people and fight against terrorism.

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