Somalia’s Prime Minister Urges Unity: Battle Al-Shabaab, Not Clan Conflicts

Prime Minister of Somalia: Halt Clan Feuds, Al-Shabaab Remains the True Adversary

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Prime Minister Hamsa Abdi Barre has called upon the Somali people to put an end to clan disputes which have significantly hindered the battle against Al-Shabaab insurgents, who control extensive territories in central and southern rural parts of the country.

Barre emphasized the necessity for Somalis to unite and forgo tribal schisms to bolster the fight against Al-Shabaab. This militant group has often manipulated clan differences to advance their agenda in Somalia.

The Prime Minister pointed out that Al-Shabaab exploits these internal conflicts to bring harm upon innocent civilians and security personnel. For the past two decades, this group has been striving to overthrow the fragile, UN-supported federal government of Somalia.

Barre assured that the federal government will take resolute measures against those found perpetuating clan rivalries. Inter-clan conflicts have long been a trademark of Somali politics.

“Many soldiers who could be allocated to other duties are preoccupied with fostering peaceful dialogues among Somali communities. The enemy exploits these conflicts, and the Somali populace must decisively abandon clan-based politics,” he declared.

Hamsa Abdi Barre implored the Somali population to cease spilling blood over political or communal disputes that could be resolved through negotiations. He urged communities to support the nation in its efforts to liberate the country from Al-Shabaab’s grasp.

Recently, Al-Shabaab militants have faced significant losses, relinquishing control of strategic towns in the central and southern regions. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has vowed to eradicate the militants by the end of 2024.


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