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25/08/2011: Angola announces Usd 5.0 million aid to Somalia

Angola announces Usd 5.0 million aid to Somalia

Luanda - Angola announced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a Usd 5.0 million aid to help relieve the humanitarian situation prevailing in Somalia, said in Luanda the Angolan Foreign minister, George Chicoti.

The minister was speaking to the press short before leaving for Ethiopia, where he will attend, in representation of the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, the Summit of African Heads of State under the aegis of the continental organization.

"This aid will be effected partly in money and in goods required by that brother country that is experiencing a dramatic situation caused by famine and drought that has been affecting the region for a few years,” he said.

Georges Chicoty said that in addition to discussing the humanitarian aid to Somalia, the Summit will also touch on issues related to the situation in Libya.

Meanwhile, the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos and the former Ghanaian president, Jerry Rawlings, discusssed in Luanda, the humanitarian crisis prevailing in the Horn of Africa region.

After the audience, Jerry Rawlings, who is the AU Commission High Representative to the Horn of Africa, told the press he had received from president José Eduardo dos Santos guarantees that the Angolan authorities
will extend their solidarity to help relieve the situation caused by drought affecting more than 12 million people in the region covering Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea.