Russia plans to stamp out terrorism in Somalia
Russia plans to assist Somalia in its fight against terrorism, Somaliaâ€™s Garowe news site reported.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somaliaâ€™s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.
Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somaliaâ€™s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country.
â€śThe Russian side expressed support to the anti-terrorism efforts of Somaliaâ€™s federal authorities and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somaliaâ€ť, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Russian and Somalia seek to develop greater bilateral cooperation for economic, political and trade relations.
A civil war tore through Somalia in 2009 and is ongoing. The Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab group has been battling the Somali government in an effort to govern by a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Since 2013, Al-Shabaab pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, attracting the United States to execute raids and airstrikes against the group.