MOGADISHU, Somalia Jan. 21,
2013 (Garowe Online)
- Somalia’s Prime Minister
Abdi Farah Shirdon attended a public rally in Mogadishu on Monday, held in
support of the U.S. decision to officially recognize the Somali Federal
Government, Garowe Online reports.
Prime Minister Shirdon
joined Somali officials and hundreds of people at a public rally held near
Villa Somalia presidential compound, in Mogadishu.
|Somali PM Abdi Farah Shirdon addresses Mogadishu rally on Jan. 21, 2013|
“I thank everyone for
attending this peaceful gathering to support the U.S. Government’s decision
recognize the Somali Federal Government for the first time in 22 years,” said
Prime Minister Shirdon, adding: “The U.S. Government has stood by Somalia and
its people through difficult times and we view the U.S. as an important ally
and friend of Somalia.”
Prime Minister Shirdon told
the public rally that Somalia has emerged from the transitional period,
underlining that “Somalia has established a new constitution, a new parliament
and elected government leaders, and Somalia is moving forward.”
Other speakers at the public
rally included Somali Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Mogadishu
Mayor Mohamed Nur Tarzan, with both officials expressing support for the U.S.
decision to recognize Somalia’s new government.
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