Somalia launches national security strategy to counter terrorism

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has launched a national security strategy to counter violent extremism in the Horn of Africa nation which has been devastated by frequent terror attacks.

Mohamud said the Comprehensive National Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) for Somalia is in line with the United Nations’ call to the member states to develop national strategy for CVE.

“I am very pleased that Somalia now has a comprehensive national strategy on P/CVE, which will greatly help us to reduce violent extremism and at the same time to better coordinate all programs and activities relating to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism,” he said during the launch in Mogadishu.

Somalia has been grappling with frequent terror attacks from Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, undermining the country’s efforts towards development.

The country is however hosting regional leaders in the capital, Mogadishu, for the IGAD summit.

This is the first time in 30 years that the summit has been held in the country.

The government considers Somalia hosting IGAD as being testimony to the improved security in the country.

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