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Somalia accuses international community of ‘blackmail’ to advance ‘regime change’

Wednesday April 14, 2021

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somalia has told off the international community accusing it of using 'blackmail' to advance its 'regime change' as key donors warn of sanctions and aid cuts following the extension of the president's term in office.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Somalia said it would not allow the 'foreigners' to interfere with its internal matters pledging action against such moves.

"FGS appreciates the international community's continued support but will reject any attempts to use humanitarian assistance to blackmail the country and advance their agenda," a statement from the ministry read in part.

It said that the statements from the international community were 'misleading' and aimed at regime change.

"FGS is deeply concerned by the misleading and alarmist statements issued by some international partners criticizing the will of the people expressed through Parliament, "the statement read.

"These statements are advancing unconstitutional regime change agenda and inciting the Somali people against their legitimate government threatening peace and stability.

The statement comes amid mounting international pressure against outgoing president Mohamed Farmaajo following the passage of a controversial resolution that extended the president's term by two more years.

The UK, EU and the US have threatened to cut aid and review relations with Somalia after the federal government extended its term, which has since been assented to by Farmaajo.

"The US will be compelled to re-evaluate our bilateral relations with the Federal Government of Somalia, to include diplomatic engagement and assistance, and to consider all available tools, including sanctions and visa restrictions, to respond to efforts to undermine peace and stability," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge issued a similar statement. "In the absence of consensus leading to inclusive and credible elections being held without further delay, the international community's relationship with Somalia's leadership will change," Duddridge said.


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