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Somalia Would Like Russia to Help Develop Economy, Support Army - PM

© AFP 2021 / FILIPPO MONTEFORTESomalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke - Sputnik International
The Somali prime minister would like to see Russia's support in developing the country's economy and strengthening its armed forces.

Soldiers inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack targeting a lunch time crowd at a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu April 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) —  Mogadishu would like Moscow's support in developing the Somali economy and strengthening its armed forces, Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said Tuesday.

"Support in peacekeeping operations is one of the possible aspects of strengthening our armed forces. It is highly important for us to strengthen our law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism. Therefore, we would like to request such support from you," Sharmarke said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

According to the prime minister, Mogadishu would also like to ask Russia to help develop the Somali economy.

"We expect closer Somalia-Russia cooperation," he added.

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