We are honoured to visit Somalia at this time. We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. We are here to convey our strong solidarity to the people of Somalia.
This morning, upon arrival, we had a series of very constructive discussions with the President and other leadership on the future and on how the international community could help the Somali Government and people.
A few years ago people tended to think of Somalia only as “famine” or “bloodshed”.
Often when I spoke about Somalia, people wanted to change the subject.