Somalia Re-Opens its National Intelligence & Security Agency

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Addis Ababa, January 10, 2013 (WIC) - The Somali government announced the re-opening of its National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) headquarters this week.

The announcement was made at a ceremony marking the event and its 41st anniversary. Speaking at the opening, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said its desirable discipline and commitment makes NISA role model of all Somali security forces.

The President called on the people of Somalia not to be brain-washed by foreign criminals, such as Al-Shabaab, who were trying to disrupt Somalia.

He said security, one of the government's Six Pillars Policy Plan, was a current priority and underlined his government's commitment to in restoring peace in Somalia.

In other news, Somalia’s Foreign Minister is conducting a review of Somalia’s global assets to try to recover millions of dollars frozen by foreign companies and organizations following the collapse of the central government in 1991.

The Foreign Minister, Mrs. Fowzia Yusuf has said the government is planning to demand the return of money held by the Swiss authorities, and of other assets, including ships and planes believed to be in Germany, Italy and Yemen.

According to ERTA, Finance Minister, Mohamud Hassan Suleiman, has also called on the international community to help Somali recover its assets.