Somali finance minister discusses debt relief with US ambassador

The Somali Minister of Finance, Abdirahman Duale Beyle, today held a meeting with the US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto.

The two discussed several issues including the Somali government’s attempts to reform the country’s financial system and its quest to get debt relief from the international community.

Minister Beyle, who has been on a mission to get Somalia’s debts cancelled since his appointment to the position, said the meeting was productive.

Yamamoto arrived in Mogadishu in November 2018, a month before the official reopening of the US diplomatic mission in Somalia.

Apart from its humanitarian and financial support to Somalia, the US also plays a key role in the fight against the militant group, Al-Shabaab.

US drones have been carrying out regular airstrikes against Al-Shabaab and Islamic State fighters across the country, killing hundreds of the militants in the past two years.

In a recent interview with the independent Shabelle TV, Yamamoto said US support to Somalia includes providing security agencies with information on planned terror attacks in the capital, Mogadishu.