The United States on Saturday commended the Somali government for its advancement in the political process and security reforms in the country’s quest for a stable state.
The US Department of State, in a message relayed during the Horn of African state’s 57thIndependence Day, urged the people of Somalia to continue with their efforts to turn the country’s state to one of stability.
“On behalf of the United States, best wishes on the occasion of Somalia’s 57th Independence Day,” a statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson read.
“Over the past four years, the Somali people have made an earnest effort to turn the tide toward a more stable path. We commend the Federal Government of Somalia for the advances made in the political process and security sector reform, as well as for its efforts to meet the urgent needs of its people caused by the ongoing drought,” it added.
The Department of State also urged the Somali government to complete the nation’s constitutional review, saying that would “lay the groundwork for a resilient country with a durable federal structure.”
To mark the Independence Day, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’ ordered the release of 91 prisoners, most of whom were serving time for petty offences such as failing to pay debts.
Since taking over the presidency earlier this year, Farmajo pledged to increase the fight against militant group Al-Shabaab that has waged war on the country for a decade.