Somalia’s president says the country is ready to work with the United States and Europe, and that a peaceful resolution to the country’s civil war is still possible.
Abdiasis Mohamud made the comments in a televised speech on Monday, but he did not elaborate.
The African Union, which is leading a coalition to try to bring an end to the conflict, has promised to provide aid and training to local forces.
The United Nations says more than 7,500 people have been killed in the conflict.
The UN and international aid groups have called on the government to withdraw troops from Mogadishu, but the president says he does not have any plans to do so.
Abdiweli Ali is a former foreign minister who rose to power in 2011 on a promise to end the conflict with al-Shabab.
Somalia is in the midst of its longest civil war in decades, with tens of thousands of people killed.
Abdulla al-Hassan, who is also a former minister, has led the country since 2014.
Al-Hadhans son, Abdullah, was a top commander in al-Qaida-linked groups during the war and now heads the countrys security council.
The conflict has displaced more than two million people.
(Reporting by Anousha Razaq; Editing by Robert Birsel)