And the American people should recognize just how much of their tax dollars are spent there, not to mention how much importation of Somali Muslims cost us all.
Somalia’s transformation was achieved first and foremost by the people and leaders of Somalia, backed by strong, African-led support. We also want to thank the African Union, which deserves a great deal of credit for Somalia’s success. The United States was proud to support this effort. We provided more than $650 million in assistance to the African Union Mission in Somalia, more than 130 million to Somalia’s security forces. In the past two years, we’ve given nearly $360 million in emergency humanitarian assistance and more than $45 million in development-related assistance to help rebuild Somalia’s economy. And we have provided more than $200 million throughout the Horn of Africa for Somali refugee assistance.
The President had a chance to meet President Obama earlier today at the White House, and that was a very strong signal to the people of Somalia of our continuing support and commitment.
Did anyone ask the American people if they wanted billions of their tax dollars to go to Somalians and others? Watch video and read it all via Remarks of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
…formal U.S. recognition of the new government paves the way for new flows of assistance both from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. agencies as well as from international actors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
“The fact that we recognize a government there will allow us to do things through USAID that we have not been able to do before. The fact that we recognize them as a legitimate government will allow the World Bank and the IMF to do things that they would not have been able to do before. This is major and it is significant,” the official said.
Mohamud and his team met with senior USAID officials as well as World Bank President Jim Yong Kim during their trip to Washington, U.S. officials said.
The senior U.S. official said the United States did not have any immediate plan to reopen an embassy in Mogadishu but indicated that this could also eventually follow Thursday’s announcement. U.S. policy on Somalia is currently handled by a special envoy based out of Nairobi.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, 56, is a civic activist who founded a university in Mogadishu and has worked for several national and international peace and development organisations.
He has links to al-Islah, Somalia’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is strongly opposed to al-Shabab.
They both want sharia so what exactly is the Somalia Muslim Brotherhood opposed to and will Mohamud prevent the implementation of sharia?