Sunday July 1, 2018
MOGADISHU, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The United
Nations top envoy in Somalia on Sunday lauded impressive political,
economic and security achievements made by leaders in the past 12 months
in the Horn of Africa nation.
Keating, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia,
said the achievements have enabled Somalia to avert a looming famine,
increase revenues and grants, pass key legislation and chart the working
relationship between the federal government and member states.
who in a statement congratulated Somalis and government on the 58th
anniversary of their country's independence on Sunday, lauded reforms on
the constitutional review and electoral model, and in reforming the
security sector. "The road ahead is
long, and the challenges should not be underestimated, not least the
destructive capacity of violent extremists and the risk that political
and other disputes will undermine efforts to deliver results that
benefit all Somalis," he said in Mogadishu.
the agenda crafted by the government is a good one and deserves both
national unity and timely international support," he added.
said the UN and international partners are working closely with Somali
leaders to help achieve results in security, jobs and services in a way
that strengthens the rule of law, inclusivity and accountability.
"The United Nations marks this anniversary by recommitting itself to solidarity with all Somalis in the years ahead," he said.
UN envoy said the independence anniversary is a great day for all
Somalis across the world, noting that despite the many hardships they
continue to face, Somalis can take pride in the progress that is being
"This celebration comes at a moment of political opportunity and hope for a more peaceful and prosperous future," Keating said. He
called on all Somalia leaders, whether in the public or private
sectors, to work with the government to deliver results for people to
help create jobs for the youth.