Somalia's President Mohamud says talks with Al Shabab could bring peace

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Somalia's President at RUSI


Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said talks with Al Shabab are his preferred endgame for peace in the country but without negotiations the militia could be defeated militarily. The Mogadishu government has set a one-year target for expelling the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militant group from the country. "I believe we will defeat Al Shabab militarily," Mr Mohamud said at a Royal United Services Institute meeting in London on Tuesday.