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Somalia’s President Urges For Negotiation With Al-Shabaab

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Photographer: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the East African country should negotiate with al-Shabaab instead of pursuing a military-only strategy against the extremist group.

The country is not currently “in the right position” to negotiate with the al-Qaeda-linked Islamists, Mohamud said at a live-streamed event at Turkey’s Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research. “But we will at the right time negotiate with them.”