British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday (May 7) pledged solidarity with Somalia and urged other nations to join him, as he wrapped up a donor conference in London that sought pledges to rebuild the East African country torn apart by two decades of civil war.
David Cameron: "In recent years we have made real progress against al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but new terrorist threats have emerged in parts of Africa. Radicalism is poisoning young Somali minds and breeding terrorism and extremism. This is a threat to our security and if we ignore it we would be making the same mistakes in Somalia that we made in Afghanistan in the 1990's. I am not prepared to let that happen and that is one of the reasons why we have held these two conferences here in London."
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud: "The time to help Somalia is now and today the world has proven that they captured the time and essence of the importance. We can not allow the immense progress we have made to be wasted and the world has to stand by our side to make sure that this would happen. We are starting to see signs of recovery and economic revival in Somalia. If we act now to receive the support from the international community the Somali government will definitely deliver the expectations of the Somali people and the international community as well."