Prime Minister: “Permanent solution must be found to keep open this vital lifeline”

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His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today welcomed the decision by the UK High Court forcing Barclays to keep open the money remittance lifeline to the people of Somalia.

“I welcome today’s court decision to continue this vital service to millions of ordinary Somalis.

“As Somalia continues to recover from two decades of unrest these remittances remain an essential source of income for more than half of all Somalis. To many these remittances pay for a basic standard of living, allowing families to put food on the table, clothe their family, treat illnesses and educate their children,” said, the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister urged all parties to work together on finding an acceptable long-term solution.

“Governments, the money remittance sector and all key stakeholders must now work together to find a permanent legitimate and transparent solution that keeps open this vital lifeline”.