UAE condemns terrorist attack on Bossaso port, one killed

By Rajive Singh

ABU DHABI 8 February 2019: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has condemned the terrorist crime that resulted in killing of Paul Anthony Formosa, Manager of the Bosasso Port in Somalia’s Puntland region, which is managed by P&O Ports, a Dubai-owned entity within the Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC).

The ministry communicated with P&O Ports and offered condolences on the death of Formosa. The ministry is also following up on the current investigations. It called on the local government in the Puntland region of Somalia to provide the necessary protection for the port and its workers to maintain investments that benefit the Somali people.

The ministry renewed the UAE’s firm stance on rejecting all forms of violence and terrorism, regardless of its origin, and stressed the need for the international community to unite to fight the threat of extremism that threatens the security and stability of all countries, said Wam.

The ministry offered condolences to the family of Formosa, colleagues and workers in the port.

Meanwhile, P&O Ports, a Dubai-owned entity within the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Authority, has confirmed the identity of the employee who lost his life at the recent incident on Monday, February 4th, at Bosaso Port, Puntland, as Paul Anthony Formosa, manager of the port facility.

In a statement yesterday, Rado Antolovic, CEO of P&O Ports, stated, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.”

Following the recent incident at its port facility, the company has made available grief and trauma counselling to its employees. The company continues to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation by the authorities into the incident and reiterates its unwavering commitment to the success of the project.

“Operations at the facility have restarted following a security review, and P&O Ports will continue to pursue its development of the port in partnership with the government and for the benefit of the people of Puntland,” Antolovic said.

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