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On 16-17 July, the European Union together with the Federal Government of Somalia and Sweden will host the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels. The event aims to mobilise the international community to step up support for Somalia's efforts to build a more secure and prosperous future following years of conflict.
High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will co-chair the conference with H.E. Mr Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Ms Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides will also attend.
The opening remarks of the ministerial level session on 17 July will be broadcast live on EbS at 15:00 +/-.
A press conference with HR/VP Mogherini and the co-chairs is due to follow at 18:00. Journalists wishing to attend should register here before 13 July, 12:00 Brussels time.
The EU is a leading supporter of Somalia in a wide range of areas, in particular on security with 3 Common Security and Defence Policy missions in the country. For the period 2015-2020, the EU and its Member States will provide €3.5 billion to the country in development and humanitarian aid as well as peacekeeping operations.
A MEMO is available here.