President congratulates Somali National Army and AMISOM for string of successes Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today congratulated the Somali
National Army (SNA) and AMISOM leadership for liberating six towns from Al Shabaab,
“the enemies of Islam”.

The President said: “I have personally congratulated SNA and AMISOM leaders
for liberating six towns from Al Shabaab in the space of a few days. Make no
mistake, the enemy is on the run and running out of places to hide. We must keep
pursuing them until they have no bases left in Somalia. Now that we are liberating
more and more towns it is absolutely essential that we get food aid and humanitarian
assistance into these places immediately.”

The President called on international partners to “step up to the plate”
and deliver on promised stabilization assistance. “It’s time to turn
plans into action,” the President said. “The communities we have
liberated must experience the peace dividend immediately. And local administrations
need to start providing basic public services as soon as possible – security,
justice, education, healthcare. Failure is not an option.”

The President was speaking on his return from a six-day visit to Japan where he and
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed new development assistance worth $40m. Commenting
on his latest international engagement, the President said:

“This was a very successful visit to Japan in which we strengthened ties with
a key international friend and partner. This will benefit our agriculture and
livestock sector, together with fisheries, youth employment and information and
communication technology. Japan is serious about standing by Somalia and we welcome
a new and growing partnership with such an important international partner.”

The President also sent his condolences to the family of the legendary Somali singer
Mohammed Suleiman Tubeec, popularly known as “The King of the Voice”,
who was buried with full honours in Mogadishu today.


For further information or enquiries please contact:

Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow)

Senior Advisor & Spokesperson

Office of the President of the Federal
Republic of Somalia

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