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Saturday, November 15, 2014

US, frustrated with Somali leaders, threatens to cut funding

 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United States is threatening to make significant cuts in the financial assistance it gives to Somalia because of political bickering by its leaders.


A Somali official said Thursday that the top U.S. representative to Somalia recently threatened an aid cut unless the country's bickering president and prime minister begin working together.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of providing details about private discussions.

The U.S. said in a statement this week that it is concerned about "recent political turmoil" in Somalia and that plans for a no-confidence vote "do not serve the interests of the Somali people."

Washington this week announced it would not attend an international conference on Somalia next week in Denmark.

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