US warns Somali leaders against violence in Mogadishu, Somalia

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Assistant US Special Representative to the United Nations Richard Mills, said it was important to ensure the electoral process in Somalia happens smoothly and democratically.

Speaking at the UN Security Council, Richard Mills called on Somali leaders to work for a lasting solution to the electoral crisis and work for peace in their country.

He added that the violence on the 19th of this month in Mogadishu could lead to another threat and further uncertainty in the country, which is unacceptable to the United States of America.

Richard Mills, a longtime US special envoy to the United Nations, also said that the Somali-based terror group, the Al-Shabaab, was a continuing threat to Somalia and suggested that three Al-Shabaab leaders be added to the terror watch list. The three are Abukar Ali Adan, Maalim Adan and Mahad Karate.

The statement from the United States comes at a time when no formal agreement has yet been reached on Somalia’s elections, and recent election-related violence in Mogadishu.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI