October 11, 2016
The United States government is working closely with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), the Interim Galmudug Administration (IGA), and Puntland Administration officials to address concerns related to the September 28 collective self-defense strike by the United States in Galkayo.
The United States is aware of reports of casualties in Galkayo and takes such allegations very seriously. The Department of Defense has initiated an assessment of all credible evidence.
The United States Ambassador to Somalia held meetings October 6, 7, and 8 in Mogadishu with clan elders, and senior community and political leadership from South Galkayo, including IGA President Guled. He also had constructive conversations with Puntland President Gaas and Somali National Army leadership.
In his conversations, the Ambassador emphasized the United States seeks to improve its communication and collaboration with Galmudug security forces and the Somali National Army to fight al-Shabaab. The United States strongly encourages Galmudug and Puntland authorities to undertake serious negotiations to resolve outstanding differences and establish conditions for peace and wider reconciliation
The United States remains committed to working with all Somalis to help Somalia progress towards peace, prosperity, and security.
For more information, please contact
Raymond W. Stephens
Public Affairs Officer
United States Mission to Somalia