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SOMALIA: Turkey has not released Somalia budgetary support for three months, says Finance Minister

                   Somali Finance Minister Abdurahman Dualeh Beileh.

MOGADISHU (RBC Radio) Turkey has not provided its pledged budgetary support to Somalia Federal Government for the past three months, Somali Finance Minister Abdurahman Dualeh Beileh said.

While proposing the 2017/2018 budget to the Federal Parliament, the minister said the Federal Government was still seeking to receive the Turkish financial support to fill in the expected budget gap.

“Despite pledges of 2.5 million dollars by Turkish Government, we have not yet received any support in the past three months.” Mr Beileh added.

Turkey maintained to continue its financial support to Mogadishu following election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in February this year, who also visited Ankara in April.

In a statement in April, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire applauded the role of Turkey and the budgetary support to the government.

“Turkey is a sister country that understands the challenges and difficulties facing the Somali federal government at this difficult stage,” Khaire said. “We thank her for her continued support of the Somali people and government.”

There were no official communication by the Turkish authorities towards the unfulfilled pledges of Somalia budgetary support in the past three months.


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