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Somalia: Mohamud Meets U.S. Envoy to Somalia
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud discussed bilateral relations with the new United States Special Representative for Somalia James McAnulty in Mogadishu Monday (August 26th), UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

Presidential spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said Mohamud and McAnulty also discussed the ongoing talks between the Somali federal government and Jubbaland leaders in Addis Ababa, the upcoming national conference in Mogadishu and the security situation in the country.

McAnulty pledged that the US government would support Somalia. Also on Monday, United Nations Special Representative to Somalia Nicholas Kay praised recent security and development gains in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, the UN News Centre reported.

However, Kay said collective and co-ordinated efforts from the Somali government, neighbouring countries and the international community are needed to achieve significant progress.

"Progress is being made in Somalia, but the gains are reversible if we do not maintain and increase our collective efforts," he said. "To fail to do this would have serious consequence in and beyond Somalia. Let us not run that risk."


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