ROME, OCTOBER 18 – The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, arranged, through the Italian Cooperation Service, the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) “to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu” a few days ago.
“The Somali Red Crescent Society will be able to use this money from Italy to provide medical care to those injured in the attack,” added the Minister. Central Mogadishu was hit by a terrorist attack on 14 October last, killing 327 and injuring over 400. “Italy wishes to show its support to all the families of the victims and the injured,” concluded Alfano.
Following the attack, Alfano met the UN Secretary General Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating to express Italy’s deep sense of solidarity with both the government and the people of Somalia.
Alfano and Keating agreed on the importance for both Somali institutions and the people of Somalia to keep up a spirit of unity and solidarity to foster peace in Somalia, especially in view of its difficult situation. The UNSGSP thanked Italy for its ongoing commitment to Somalia. He referred to the historic links between Rome and Mogadishu and hoped that Italy would continue to support the stabilisation and development of the country at both bilateral and multilateral levels, also within the scope of the Italian Presidency of the G7 and in its position as a member of the UN Security Council.
The attack in the heart of Mogadishu on Saturday has been blamed on al-Shabaab, the local violent Islamist group, and was one of the most lethal terrorist operations anywhere in the world in recent years. (@OnuItalia)