Johnson met President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday in the Villa Somalia presidential palace in central Mogadishu.

“It is all so, such a shame that you are facing the problems that you are facing, particularly of course the drought and the risk of starvation, though I think that we are moving fast to try to tackle that,” Johnson told Mohamed.

Somalia recently declared the drought a national disaster amid warnings of a full-blown famine. At least 360,000 Somali children are severely malnourished, meaning that they will die within weeks unless they receive food aid.

The country faced a similar crisis in 2011 that killed nearly 260,000 people.

Johnson said the United Kingdom would host a conference on Somalia on May 11 to help address “underlying problems” such as armed attacks and corruption.

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Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, blamed the drought in part on the armed group al-Shabab, which continues to control parts of the country.

“This drought is really serious, and so far we have lost 60 percent of our livestock,” the president said.

A statement from the Somali president’s office said Britain would give $134m for drought in some parts of Somalia.

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