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UK, US call for dialogue to end political stalemate
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UK, US call for dialogue to end political stalemate

The United States and the United Kingdom have called on Somali leaders to resume talks and as President Famaajo signed bill on Tuesday afternoon. In separate statements, both countries said constructive dialogue between Somali leaders is central to ensuring implementation of the 17 September agreement on the electoral model. "We have stressed repeatedly that it is vital for the peace, stability, prosperity, and governance of Somalia that the Federal Government and the Federal Member States reach a consensus on a way forward for the electoral process. We have also made clear that the United States does not support mandate extensions without broad support from Somalia's political stakeholders, nor does the United States support parallel or partial electoral processes." Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State said in a statement. The statement went on to say that the action would undermine the partnership with the international community. The UK stated that it was dismayed by the decision of the Lower House of the Somali Parliament to extend the mandates of Mohamed Farmajo as President and of the Somali Parliament by two years. “We urge Somalia’s leaders to refrain from any further unilateral actions that may escalate political tensions or violence. It is vital that all parties remain calm and protect Somalia’s stability and security.”