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Hassan Sheikh, who was elected in May, blasted Farmajo's administration for taking a "militaristic" stance while receiving assistance from the US military.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the East African country should negotiate with al-Shabaab instead of pursuing a military-only strategy against the extremist group.
The country is not currently “in the right position” to negotiate with the al-Qaeda-linked Islamists, Mohamud said at a live-streamed event at Turkey’s Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research. “But we will at the right time negotiate with them.”
Mohamud, who was elected in May, also criticized the “militaristic” approach pursued by his predecessors, with support from the US military. “Al-Shabaab’s solution is not military only,” he said.
The group has waged war on the impoverished country since 2006.
Mohamud is a former academic and peace activist who was previously president from 2012 to 2017.
Al-Shabaab continues to pose a threat to the country's security and entire East Africa as the group raids Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.