US envoy, military officials discuss cooperation with Somali regional leaders

US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto, held talks in Mogadishu with the presidents of Somalia’s Puntland, Jubbaland and South West regional states, Said Abdullahi Deni, Ahmed Mohamed Islam aka Ahmed Madobe and Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed Lafta-Gareen.

The meeting between the US envoy and the Somali regional leaders was also attended by Commander of the US Special Operations Command Africa, Maj Gen Anderson, US Africa Command Deputy Commander, Ambassador Young.

“@US2Somalia hosted @USSOCAFCommander Maj. Gen. Anderson, @USAfricaCommand Deputy Commander Amb. Young, President Madobe, @Laftagareen and @SaidAbdullahiDe to advance U.S.-#Somalia security cooperation in our shared fight against al-Shabaab. #SNA #Danab,” Ambassador Donald Yamamoto tweeted.

The ambassador and the US military officials discussed security cooperation with the Somali leaders, especially the fight against the militant group, Al-Shabaab, in their respective states.

The three states have been all battling the Al-Qaeda-linked militants and have carried out military operations against it, with support from the Somali National Army and sometimes backed by US drone strikes and ground troops.

The Somali regional leaders are in Mogadishu for the consultative forum with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo where they are discussing the electoral process.