Prime Minister of Somalia Returns to WNY

5:06 PM, Jan 16, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- A native western New Yorker returned home as a world leader this weekend to mark the birthday of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Channel 2 caught up with Grand Island resident Mohamed A. Mohamed, the Prime Minister of Somalia, at the Buffalo Airport Saturday after he landed on a flight from New York's JFK Airport. Mohamed, his wife and brother, and others in his party are here to take part in the community event set for Kleinhans Music Hall Sunday afternoon.

He flew here from New York's JFK Airport after addressing the UN Security Council there regarding peace and stability in Somalia. Mohamed hopes that the United States, especially those in Western New York, will speak with their representatives about the fight against extremist organizations in Somalia.

"Of course we are really grateful for what the U.S. government has done to support my government, but we would like to see more," Mohamed told Channel 2 News. "I'm asking the Western New York community to call U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators to ensure the U.S. aid is basically increased in order to effectively fight against those extremists." 

Mohamed was apointed Prime Minister last fall by Somalia's current President, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.


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