The United States has congratulated the people of Somalia on the conclusion of their election and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his election.
In a statement State Secretary Antony Blinken said the US looks forward to working closely with President Mohamud and the new government.
“With the conclusion of this process, Somalia now has an opportunity to focus on the political, economic, and security reforms necessary to advance the interests of the people of Somalia.,” Blinken said.
He urged President Mohamud and Somalia leaders to prioritize strengthening democratic governance and institutions and developing security forces to prevent and counter terrorism and assume full security responsibility from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia.
Congratulations to the people of Somalia on the successful completion of their presidential election on May 15, and to @HassanSMohamud on his victory. The country's leaders now can focus on reforms to achieve our shared goal of a peaceful and prosperous Somalia.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 17, 2022
Blinken also called for the enactment of economic reforms to complete Somalia’s path to debt relief and strengthen the economy and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to the millions of Somalis suffering from devastating drought.
“Reconciliation, compromise, and enhanced dialogue among all levels of government and all communities will be vital to the success of these efforts,” the statement added.
The United States said it looks forward to the timely formation of a new government and partnering with Somalia’s leaders to achieve the shared goal of a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Somalia.