Somalia’s PM pays to courtesy call on ex-president Farmajo in visit to Qatar


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo during an official state visit to Qatar.

The Premier briefed Farmajo about the current security situation in Somalia, where government forces continue a year-long offensive against Al-Shabaab despite increasing resistance from the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

The meeting comes amid social media clashes between supporters of the current administration and those of the former president, with both sides accusing each other of colluding with Al-Shabaab.

In recent remarks, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accused supporters of the former president, who make social media posts revealing setbacks in the offensive against militants, of being “Al-Shabaab supporters.”  In another comment, Mohamud described them as “idiots.”

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