Washington (SD) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a statement warning the consequences of the growing rift between Somalia’s President Farmajo and Prime Minister Roble.
“Cooperation among Somalia’s leaders – particularly President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble – is essential to ensure that the country quickly completes its ongoing electoral process. The dispute between President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble risks complicating this process and needs to be resolved immediately and peacefully.” said Secretary Blinken.
Secretary Blinken said the United States welcomes the commitment of the two officials in the election process, but they are concerned that the election has already been delayed several months.
“The United States welcomes both sides’ stated commitment to the electoral process but remains concerned that these elections are already months behind schedule. Any further delay increases the potential for violence and plays into the hands of al-Shabaab and other extremist groups seeking to destabilize the country.” said Secretary Blinken.
Blinken called on Farmajo and Roble to avoid issuing further divisive statements and appointment of officials. And to focus on holding elections.
“Based on our shared interest to ensure the electoral process moves forward, we call on the President and the Prime Minister to avoid further provocative statements or actions and to resolve their disagreement over personnel appointments and their respective authorities peacefully. Rapidly completing the electoral process will help advance the country’s counter-terrorism agenda and give the next government the opportunity to meet the needs of Somalia’s people. Somalia’s citizens deserve nothing less.” said Secretary Blinken.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement comes at a time when Somalia’s President and PM have resumed mediation talks.
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