Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Somalis 'have contributed to the US economy' - Mohamed Abdullahi

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed - a dual US-Somali citizen - has criticised the new US travel ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations, including Somalia.

The Associated Press new agency quotes him as saying that the estimated 150,000 Somalis in the US had “ contributed to the US economy and the US society in different ways, and we have to talk about what the Somali people have contributed rather than a few people who may cause a problem .''

It was critical that Somalia continue to work to defeat the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, he said.

The new Somali president was speaking at an event in the capital, Mogadishu, with UN chief Antonio Guterres to address Somalia's drought that poses the risk of famine to five million people (see earlier posts).

On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed the new executive order presented as a means to strengthen US national security against terror threats.

The directive, which includes a 120-day ban on all refugees, takes effect on 16 March.


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