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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 214460, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications there have been between UK Ministers or officials and (a) the Somali government and (b) Somali officials regarding the Soma Oil and Gas deal; what the nature of those communications was; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

24 November 2014

Foreign and Commonwealth officials have discussed the Soma Oil and Gas deal with the Somali authorities on several occasions. During those discussions, UK officials stressed the importance of managing natural resources in a transparent and conflict sensitive way to benefit all Somalis.

The British Government is currently funding the World Bank to provide technical assistance to review the legal framework for the petroleum sector and support a Somali-led process leading to a revenue sharing agreement.