Turkey’s support to Somalia will continue

February 18, 2014 - 6:28:11 am

ANKARA: Turkey has pledged to maintain direct budget support this year for war-ravaged Somalia, contradicting an earlier report that it had cut off the assistance to the east African country.

Turkish and Somali government officials told Reuters last week the financial support had stopped at the end of 2013 and that there were no immediate plans to resume it.

The Turkish foreign ministry said late on Sunday that Ankara planned to continue the aid payments, which are a major source of funding for Somalia’s government as it struggles to rebuild the country after more than two decades of chaos.

“Within the framework of our comprehensive aid strategy to Somalia, work is underway to provide budget support to the Somali Federal Government in the year 2014, too,” the ministry said in a statement.Reuters