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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Somalia's future "hangs in the balance between peril and potential" due to a drought that has already killed more than 250,000 people, half of them children.

Somalia's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, thanked the British Prime Minister and government for organising the third London Somalia Conference.

At the London Somalia Conference, the President said although AMISOM had made significant progress in checking terrorist activities and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown.

The worldwide community's key concern is that Al-Shabab could get its hands on heavy weaponry if the embargo to Somali forces was lifted, says Omar Mahmood, an expert on Somalia at the Institute of Security Studies, an African think tank. "The conference will put on the table for the first time the idea of a transition plan from AMISOM to the Somali national security forces", Kay said.

Stating the need to strengthen Somali National Army to take over the responsibility from AMISOM, the premier called on the worldwide community including the United Kingdom to extend the necessary political, financial and logistical supports.

According to a USA defence official, the Pentagon now has several hundred troops stationed in Somalia, primarily devoted to counter-terror training.

The president claimed he could defeat the group in "a few years" if the national army was equipped with "heavy weapons".

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Somali children face the multiple threat of food and water shortages, as well as disease and displacement.

He said political stability has improved but the gains are fragile in part because of growing food insecurity.

According to United Nations, drought in Somalia led to the destruction of crops and livestock, leaving more than 3.3 million people hungry every day.

President Yoweri Museveni has told a London Conference on Somalia that it is not enough to check Al-Shabaab.

Partly as a result of that, a range of regional forces including clan militias, the Ethiopia-backed Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamea militia, the USA -supported Puntland forces and a regional force in Jubaland have been reluctant to join a centralised force. To that end, I will spare no effort to realizing the promise of my campaign, which was to fight Somalia's three major enemies: "terrorism, corruption and poverty".

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, has said his country and others in the Horn of Africa region were ready to do all it takes to achieve a secure and stable region.

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