ANKARA, Turkey - The Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has ruled out any immediate engagements with the Al-Shabaab group, noting that his government will focus on degrading the militants, who control large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.
There has been a debate on whether to negotiate with the group as in the case of the Taliban with Americans but pundits have often ruled out such a strategy, noting that it will give the group impetus to justify chaos and violent extremism in solving problems.
At Ankara on Monday, Hassan Sheikh, who is on an official three-day trip to Turkey, said the government will reconsider negotiations with...
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