Top US military official meets with new Somali president


MOGADISHU [SMN] – The Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) Gen Stephen Townsend met with the new President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh in Mogadishu.

Townsend congratulated the President on his recent victory in the 15th May presidential election at the Aficioni Tent.

Also present at the meeting was US Ambassador to Somalia Larry Andre Jr.

During their talks, they agreed to strengthen the close cooperation between AFRICOM and the Somali security forces to ensure that the country enjoys increased peace and security in the coming years.

Gen. Townsend promised President Hassan Sheikh that AFRICOM would work closely with the Somali armed forces in the war on Al-Shabaab.


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