Somali president asks Arab leaders for support, training

March 30, 2012

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Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed asked leaders at the Arab Summit in Baghdad on Thursday (March 29th) to extend assistance and support to Somalia.

Ahmed also called on Arab heads of state to train Somali security forces to help restore peace and stability to the country and defeat al-Shabaab, Somalia's Shabelle Media Network reported.

In his closing statement, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said the agenda comprised nine agreed-upon articles, including one detailing the struggle to combat international terrorism, Somalia's Kulmiye News Network reported. The articles also call for peaceful solutions for both Syria and Somalia.

The Arab leaders support the Somali Transitional Federal Government in its actions, al-Arabi said.

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