United States Special Representative for Somalia (SRS) James P. McAnulty welcomes the January 8 election of the President of the Federal State of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. SRS McAnulty extends his congratulations to President Ali and looks forward to working in close partnership with the new government of the Federal State of Puntland.
The United States applauds the people of Puntland for the professional, peaceful, and transparent manner in which they conducted the elections. SRS McAnulty also commends outgoing President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole for his public service and many accomplishments during his tenure, including the timely and peaceful conduct of the elections, President Farole’s focus on security and the fight against piracy and terrorism, and the key role President Farole played in the federal transition as a Roadmap signatory.
The Government of the United States reaffirms its commitment to support the people of Somalia as they work to stabilize and govern the country.