The Somali government has received a donation from Qatar.
It consists of equipment and machinery donated by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in addition to six boats provided by the Ministry of Interior.
The shipment was delivered to the Somali side by Qatar's ambassador Hassan bin Hamza Hashem.
A ceremony was held on the occasion of the handover of the Qatari donation, attended by Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of State for Defence and Police Commander in Somalia as well as Turkey's ambassador to Somalia, a number of officials and officers of the Somali army and police.
In a speech on the occasion, the Somali deputy prime minister thanked His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the Qatari people, praising Qatar's efforts to enhance co-operation between the two countries.
"We are honoured to attend this occasion and celebrate the receipt of boats, tractors and agricultural equipment provided by the sisterly State of Qatar within the framework of its continued support for Somalia," he said, adding that the central government will use these to improve the security situation and other aspects that benefit the government and people of Somalia.
He also touched on the Qatari humanitarian aid that had arrived in Somalia recently for those affected by the floods in Beledweyne.
"I appreciate Qatar's continued assistance to the people of Somalia, especially in times of adversity and during calamities," he said.
He added that Qatar was helping Somalia and supports the central government in the various security, economic and developmental aspects, and is one of the first countries to respond to Somalia's calls, the latest of which is the initiative for the victims of the bombing of the municipality of Mogadishu on July 22, where it saved the lives of the injured.
The deputy prime minister said that the equipment provided by Qatar would be useful for agriculture and that the boats would enhance the efficiency of the Somali police.
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