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Somalia president welcomes US redeployment

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has welcomed the redeployment of United States (US) forces in Somalia where Al-Shabab attacks had heightened due to prolonged electoral crisis.

US president Joe Biden’s administration announced on Monday plans to send about 600 American forces to support targeted operations against the Al-Shabab militants.

This came a day after Somalia members of parliament elected Mohamud for a second term in a tense vote that ended the country’s transaction crisis.

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A statement posted on the official Twitter account of the Somalia presidency said: “The US has always been a reliable partner in our quest to stability and fight against terrorism.”

Al-Shabab has not yet reacted to the US announcement but has profiled the incoming Somali leader as a “puppet.”—BBC

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