Washington, D.C.(Mogadishu24)-In a phone call today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and discussed mutual security interests in the Horn of Africa. The conversation focused on reducing regional tensions, counterterrorism efforts, and planning for a successor to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) according to a statement from U.S Department of State.

Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance of continued collaboration between the United States and Somalia to address ongoing security challenges in the region. Both leaders acknowledged the need to finalize plans for a new mission to replace ATMIS, ensuring continued support for Somalia’s stability and security.

The discussion also highlighted the critical role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in supporting the country’s political and security framework. Blinken and President Hassan underscored the significance of maintaining strong international partnerships to achieve long-term peace and stability in Somalia.

The call reinforced the United States’ commitment to working closely with Somalia to combat terrorism and promote regional security. Both leaders agreed on the importance of coordinated efforts to address the threats posed by extremist groups in the Horn of Africa, aiming to create a safer and more stable environment for all.

This dialogue marks a continuation of the strong bilateral relations between the United States and Somalia, reflecting a shared commitment to advancing mutual security interests and fostering regional peace.

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