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Turkey urges Somali leaders to resolve their dispute over poll

ISTANBUL (SD) – Turkish government has called on Somali political stakeholders to iron out their differences at the negotiating table amid the Horn of Africa nation’s fate hangs in balance.

In a statement, Turkish foreign ministry concern over last week’s chaos in Somalia saying Turkey hopes that a consensus will be reached on the election process, on the basis of mutual understanding without further delay.

“We are concerned about the recent negative developments arising from the dispute over the election process in Somalia,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry saidi it was important that all parties act with common sense by avoiding steps that may lead to violence.

“The Federal Government and Federal Member States’ Leaders come together and try to resolve disputes with an inclusive and constructive dialogue on the basis of the agreement reached on 17 September 2020,” the statement said. “We believe that the friendly and brotherly people of Somalia have the will and political maturity to determine their own future.”

The remarks of Turkey, Somalia’s closest ally come barely three days after 20 people mostly civilians were injured following clashes between Somali elite troops and forces loyal to the opposition leaders.

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