Washington (SD) – The United States has condemned the recent clashes between Somali government forces and Al-Shabaab militants in Mogadishu and other forces opposed to the government’s extension.
Statement from the US State Department said they were concerned about the violent clashes that took place in parts of Mogadishu.
“The United States is gravely concerned by the violent clashes yesterday in Mogadishu. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and to resolve their differences peacefully.” Said the US state department.
The State Department has called on rival politicians to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully, and urged the warring parties to negotiate and reach an agreement.
“Dialogue and consensus are the only ways to resolve the electoral impasse, and we urge parties to resume negotiations at once to arrive at an agreed way forward for immediate elections.” Said the US state department.
The statement also said the United States was ready to consider all possible measures, including sanctions and visa restrictions, to target those who pose a threat to peace and stability in Somalia.
“As the Secretary has stated previously, the United States is prepared to consider all available tools, including sanctions and visa restrictions, to respond to efforts to undermine peace and stability in Somalia.” Said the US state department
International governments have strongly condemned the renewed violence in Mogadishu following the extension of the government’s term by parliament.
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