A general view of participants of the London Somalia Conference, held at Lancaster House, in London, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)
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Guterres said the drought was Somalia's "most pressing priority" and appealed for an additional $900 million (828 million euros) by the end of the year to prevent it worsening into a famine.The U.N. said last week that Somalia will have 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year, up 50 percent from late 2016 .The conference is also looking to ensure Somalia can take greater responsibility for its own security from the 22,000-strong African Union troop deployment.According to a U.S. defence official, the Pentagon currently has several hundred troops stationed in Somalia, primarily devoted to counter-terror training.Mogherini pledged 200 million euros to bolster Somalia's development, stability and security.
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