Somalia: Foreign Policy

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 6 September 2010.

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Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour, Glasgow Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his long-term foreign policy objectives are for Somalia.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

For Somalia, our long-term foreign policy objective is to create sufficient stability to gradually deny space for those who threaten both UK interests and regional security, providing security and development for the Somali population.

To this end, it is essential that the international community is closely co-ordinated behind the Djibouti Peace Process to ensure coherent and effective support to overcome obstacles to progress.

There is not simply a military solution in Somalia; political reconciliation is vital to Somalia's future security.

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