Iran Calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Somalia

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini here on Tuesday stressed the need for the immediate cessation of clashes in the Somalian capital city of Mogadishu. According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Hosseini voiced concern over intensified clashes and the rise in the death toll in Mogadishu, and described foreign intervention, particularly incitements by trans-regional powers, as the main factor contributing to such events.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses the strategic significance of the Horn of Africa and the necessity for the preservation of the regional countries’ territorial integrity and calls for the immediate cessation of bloodshed and genocide in that region,” he said.

Also noting the spreading destruction and increasing number of the victims of recent incidents in Somalia, the spokesman called for the immediate intervention of regional and international circles and bodies to prevent such events from continuing.

Hosseini in conclusion invited all groups in Somalia to return to the negotiating table, and voiced Iran’s preparedness to render help to the trend of restoration of national peace and reconciliation in that country.

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