In a statement released late Thursday, the US said it had pledged USD 69 million toward a project in Somalia that aims "to promote and strengthen already existing programs in community stabilization, economic growth, education, and enhancing democracy, governance, and rule of law," according to The Department of State.
The commitment was made Monday in Brussels, the site of the New Deal conference for Somalia. The meeting, attended by 50 delegations from around the world, aimed to implement a three-year plan to rebuild the war-torn nation.
"Through this New Deal platform, America's longstanding commitment to Somalia and the Somali people will continue to deepen," said Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf. "We are committed to working with the Somali people and the Federal Government of Somalia to improve the lives of everyday Somalis, and enhancing our diplomatic and development relationships." "This progress would not have taken place were it not for the dedication and commitment of the many members of the Somali community who make a daily decision to focus on a future built on hope and peace, rather than on conflict and despair," she added.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who also attended the conference, will be in Washington Friday and is expected to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel