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US Pledges $64 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Horn Of Africa

The United States has pledged an additional $64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa countries.

This was announced on Thursday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton while speaking at the London Conference on Somalia.

It brings Washington's emergency assistance since 2011 up to more than $934 million, including more than $211 million for lifesaving programs in Somalia.

Clinton called on the international community to continue to fight piracy, which is still rampant off Somalia's shores. The United States supports programs that strengthen the Somali judicial system so it can tackle piracy from onshore. We are considering development projects in coastal communities to create alternatives to piracy for young men, she told the conference.

The top US diplomat indicated that the US Government is considering a more permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia as the security and political situation there improves. We will continue to deliver support of all kinds and to help build a broad and durable partnership with both the Somali Government and people, she added.

by RTT Staff Writer

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