Malaysia Sending Troops to Somalia on Aid Mission

| Updated Apr 06, 2017 at 8:00am



Malaysia is sending troops to Somalia as part of the humanitarian mission to avert famine and save the lives of thousands of people.

Addressing the media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Defense Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said his country will send three officers and seventeen personnel from the Armed Forces Medical Corps to Somalia.

The minister said the troops, along with assets, will be mobilized from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Malaysia stationed a small number of troops to help in the evacuation of Malaysians in Yemen.

The decision was reached on Tuesday following a meeting between Somalia Deputy Prime Minister Arteh and senior Malaysian officials, including the defense minister.

Somalia's parliament has asked nations in the region to work together to help the country secure humanitarian aid to reach 6.2 million people affected by the current drought in the aid-dependent Horn of Africa nation.