Island of Bali, Indonesia, May 28, 2011 – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali
Akbar Salehi has expressed Iran's readiness to help Somalia resolve the
ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa country.
At a Friday meeting with his Somali counterpart on the sidelines of the
16th ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the island
of Bali in Indonesia, Salehi announced Iran's readiness to use all
capacities to help end bloodshed in Somalia and alleviate the suffering
of the Muslim nation.
Somali State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Ali Hamud, for his
part, explained the latest developments in the country and hailed Iran's
humanitarian aid as well as its efforts to help resolve the crisis in
the war-ravaged country.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when
warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siyad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, the lawless state has been
embroiled in a bitter civil war for years.
Somalia remains one of the countries generating the highest number of
refugees and internally displaced people in the world.
An estimated 1.4 million Somalis are displaced within the country while
another 680,000 live as refugees in neighboring countries, according to
the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The UNHCR reported in April that the number of Somali refugees arriving
in neighboring countries during the first quarter of 2011 has more than
doubled compared to the same period in 2010.