Somali president calls for united front against Al-Shabaab
At least 20 people are confirmed dead and dozens wounded in the Beledweyne attack which becomes the second deadliest Al-Shabaab attack since the election of Mohamud in May of this year.
After the funeral, the president returned to New York, where he delivered a keynote speech on Somalia's situation, politically, economically, and security at the UN general assembly.
The US is a key partner in the war on Al-Shabaab with Biden approved to send hundreds of American troops back to Somalia in May this year shortly after Mohamud's election victory to resume airstrikes.
It's the first time Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attends the UN General Assembly in his current term began in June 2022 after winning a hotly contested election held in Mogadishu on May 15 of this year.
The president has recently paid visit to Southwest, Galmudug and Puntland as part of his efforts to heal the wounds left behind by Farmajo.
The trip comes amid a political row between Villa Somalia and Puntland president Said Abdullahi Deni who lost in May presidential election and his bid to be appointed as PM by Hassan Sheikh.
An advance delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia, Abshir Omar Huruuse, is also heading to Garowe today to pave the way for the president to arrive in the city.
They even have not offered condolences over the deaths of the innocent citizens killed in the terrorist attack at the popular hotel in Mogadishu that marked the most complex and lethal raid since the start of 2022.
After returning from Uganda, president Hassan Sheikh is expected to visit Qatar after receiving an invitation from the Emir of the Gulf country, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani Yesterday.
Already political rift erupted among leaders in the previous opposition alliance led to a change in leadership in Somalia. Puntland and Jubaland differed on the appointment of PM Hamse Abdi Barre.
The president has previously paid visits to UAE, Turkey, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, and Tanzania as the PM is yet to name his cabinet in 70 days.
Somalia has submitted requests two previous times since 2016 and this will be the third that is expected to yield fruit as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta throws weight behind the bid.