ADDIS ABABA, April 8 – Ethiopia will further consolidate the unstinting effort it has been exerting to create peace and stability in Somalia, says Communications Affairs Minister Redwan Hussein.

Speaking at the opening session of a training programme organized for Somalia’s mass media personnel here Monday, he said the objective of the training and exchange of experience was to boost the capacity of Somali institutions so that they could contribute their share to peace and development of the country.

He also stressed that the training and exchange of experience would have a big role in building a more stable and richer Somalia. The holding of the training in Ethiopia would also further strengthen the ever growing brotherly relations of the two countries, according to the minister.

The Director for Peace and Stability at the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), Tewolde Gebremeskel, thanked international partners and neighbouring countries for extricating Somalia from the vicious cycle of violence.

He said the training and exchange of experience would hugely benefit the Somali media professionals.
He added that IGAD, agrouping of countries in the Horrn of Africa, would intensify its struggle until the Al-Shabaab militants were eliminated from Somalia and peace flourishes in the country.

A total of 25 media professionals drawn from radio, newspapers and other media in Mogadishou are attending the one-week training programme, which was organized by IGAD in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the financial support of European Union.


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