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Egyptian, Somali presidents agree to fight pirates
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09:09, April 23, 2009

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his visiting Somali counterpart Sheikh Sherif agreed here Wednesday to fight the pirates that have haunted the high sea off the Somali coasts, local Nile TV reported.

The two presidents reached the agreement in a meeting at the presidential residence in Helioplis in Cairo, which involved Somalia's reconciliation, rebuilding and national security.

Sheikh Sherif told the press after the meeting that Egypt is very important country as it plays a vital role in supporting Somalia, welcoming the donor countries' decision to provide Somalia with 165 million U.S. dollars to fight piracy.

In an interview with Al Ahram daily published Wednesday, Sheikh Sherif also vowed that "we will continue doing our best to achieve reconciliation between Somali opposition and the government."

"The African peace forces will remain in Somalia until reconciliation completes and security forces that can protect our country are built," he added.

The Somali president arrived here Tuesday for a two-day visit, his first visit to Egypt since he took office in January.


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