Somalia foreign minister: “US don’t have to ask us”
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Unlike like Libyan officials Somali government officials have confirmed that they were notified of last weekend’s raid in Baraawe. In fact Fawzia Yusuf Adam, Somalia’s first female minister of foreign affairs applauded the raid and said the US does not have to seek any permission from the Somali government for any future actions.
This free check for US interventions comes two weeks after Al-Shabaab carried out an attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi which claimed the lives of more than 60 people.
In an interview with CNN the minister said: “We are grateful to their support”, while speaking from London.
“We have a cooperation, and they don’t have to ask us, because we are fighting a common enemy.” She further added, referring to Al-Shabaab , an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the region.
The pre-dawn raid last Saturday was carried out by US Navy SEALs who claim to have been targeting a high ranking member of Al-Shabaab, who is been accused of masterminding the Nairobi mall attack. It coincided with the abduction of Libyan citizen Abu Anas Al-Libi, an Al-Qaeda operative who had a role in the 1998 bombing of Nairobi according to the US.
In spite of the Westgate attack Adam told the CNN that Al-Shabaab was in their “last days and legs”, a claim also made by that Somali president two weeks ago while delivering a speech to the UN. Al-Shabaab has been battling the fragile government of Somalia and African Union allies, they had recently lost major towns, but still continue to hold on to other large portions of Somalia.
Our reporters in Mogadishu spoke to residents where some showed disapproval and discontent with the foreign minister’s comments, whereas other showed fear of results of these comments. One resident who requested to be kept anonymous said: “I think she should’ve carefully considered her words. This opens the door for other nations to undermine Somalia’s sovereignty.” Another said “After these comments other countries might come and do as they please in Somalia without prior notice. Anybody could be killed now or abducted under the pretext of being a member of Al-Shabaab or Al-Qaeda.”