Somalia President ,Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told the ongoing General Assembly in New York that the country has made several steps in rebuilding the country ,but called upon support to drive out armed groups such as Al-Shabaab, which continue to worry the Horn of Africa.
“Somalia would not have ended the transition last year without the help of the United Nations and all other countries that stood with us during difficult times,” Mr.Hassan Mohamud said
He made it clear that the “difficult times” are far from over, with Al-Qaida and its offshoots such Al-Shabaab still wreaking havoc across the region.
In that context, he strongly condemned the “cruel and terrible attack” on Westgate shopping mall last weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, proving that the armed group is “down” but not out. They must be combated on many fronts: military, economic, political and ideological.
“We now need the tools to finish the job and we call on our friends to remain resolute and help us to end this situation. Our brave Somali forces, AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia), and Ethiopia, need help to fight our enemies,” Mr. Mohamud declared, adding specifically that AMISOM must be reinforced and expanded.