Somalia Feb 4
2012 (Garowe Online) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud stated that his
government is ready to talk to Al Shabaab if the terror group “renege their
objective”, Garowe Online reports.
President Hassan who has been on foreign visits across Europe and currently visiting London, gave
an interview to BBC Somali discussing Al Shabaab and the hearing of the alleged
rape case of a woman by Somali forces.
Speaking about Al Shabaab, President Hassan told BBC that
his government would be willing to speak with the terrorist organization if
they withdraw from their goal to topple the Federal Government.
“It is important to keep winning the fight against Al
Shabaab militarily as we are doing now, however if they renege on their
objective then we can open up talks,” said President Hassan.
Al Shabaab has repeatedly stated that they would not have
talks with the Somali Federal Government.
Officials in the central region of Hiraan publicly displayed
5 Al Shabaab fighters who renounced their allegiance with the terror
organization on Monday.
Beledweyne Police Chief Col. Isaaq Ali Abdulle who spoke to press
said that the 5 men were seasoned Al Shabaab fighters who had got caught up
with the terrorist organization for different reasons and decided to leave the terror syndicate
The move by the 5 men comes just two days after Somali government
forces alongside AMISOM fiercely battled Al Shabaab in Beledweyne.
President Hassan has extended clemency to Al Shabaab
fighters who renounce the terror organization.
Al Shabaab has suffered a huge loss of authority in southern Somalia and has been forced out of almost every
major city they controlled in southern Somalia.