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Guelleh praised Mohamud's decision to fight against Al-Shabaab and noted that the Djibouti government will continue to support the liberation and state-building process in the country.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and his delegation on Wednesday met with his Djibouti counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh at the Presidential Palace.
Mohamud shared with Guelleh, the achievements of the Somali forces and Ma'awisley fighters in the war on Al-Shabaab and government efforts to stabilize the liberated areas after a full takeover.
Ma’awisley vigilantes are mainly composed of nomadic herders, who took up arms against Al-Shabaab after losing patience with the group's extortion and a heavy tax on their crops and livestock.
The President of Somalia thanked the Djibouti government for the brotherly support and the sacrifices of Djibouti's forces under ATMIS, for the people and the government of Somalia.
Guelleh praised Mohamud's decision to fight against Al-Shabaab and noted that the Djibouti government will continue to support the liberation and state-building process in the war-torn country.
Somali troops and the allied clan militias drove Al-Shabaab out of Adan Yabal on Monday after liberating all nearby villages in the Middle Shabelle region, where the group has been in control for years.
Adan Yabal was Al-Shabaab's main transit point, an economic center, and a staging post. Its loss will mark another blow to the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group, which is now facing an offensive.