Al-Shabab vows to counter London decisions on Somalia
Somalia’s al-Shabab fighters have pledged to “counter” the decisions agreed upon during a conference in London on the future of the African country.
A statement released by al-Shabab press office read that the group “vows to confront and counter, by any means possible, all the outcomes of the London conference and the concerted Christian Crusade.”
“We will not under any circumstances allow any form of foreign intervention to be used as an instrument to subjugate the Muslims of Somalia,” the statement said.
Al-Shabab also called upon all Somalis to join hands in rejecting the proposals made at the conference.
The one-day conference, which now has ended was hosted by the British government, claimed its goal was to end the violence and instability that has plagued Somalia for nearly 20 years.
Several Somali lawmakers and political leaders also disagreed with the stated aims of the conference and argued that the British government was searching for ways to impose its colonial authority on the Horn of Africa country.
“The British government will always do things that are contrary to religion of Islam and the people of Somalia,” Lawmaker Dahir Abdulkadir Muse told Press TV.
The UK is pursuing a plan in Somalia to “achieve its goals and take away the resources of the people of Somalia,” Muse added.
Meanwhile, Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has warned that the country has reached a “critical juncture” due to years of violence and chaos and that it therefore needs more international assistance.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution increasing the number of AU troops in Somalia by 5,000 to more than 17,000.
Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Al-Shabab has for years fought against the Western-backed government of Somalia.