US refuse to attend Somalia donor conference due to concerns over “political turmoil”
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The United States government has expressed its concern and disapproval of the ongoing political commotion in Somalia, which involves a strong rift between the Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed.
In a statement released by the Department of State which stated it was neutral in this dispute said that it was opposed to any motion leading to a no confidence vote against the Prime Minister, which is being pushed for by pro-President Members of Parliament. “The United States notes with concern the recent political turmoil in Somalia. Actions to put forward a parliamentary motion for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister do not serve the interests of the Somali people” the statement read.
Accusing Somalia’s government of being “distracted with division”, the statement announced that the US wouldn’t be sending its delegation to the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia being held next week in Copenhagen. “The United States currently does not see the utility in sending a delegation to the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia, which will meet next week in Copenhagen to review progress under the New Deal” the statement added.
The statement comes two days after a US delegation arrived at Mogadishu’s Airport where they met the Somali President and Prime Minister in a failed reconciliatory effort to convince both to put their disagreements behind. The current move by the US to avoid sending a delegation to next week’s conference in Copenhagen is believed by many to be a significant attempt to put more pressure on the Somali leadership to solve their disputes.