Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohammad and U.S. National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice on Friday discussed ways to strengthen Somalia’s democratic institutions and promote economic development, according to a White House statement on the pair's meeting.
Both coutries reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism and expand security through Somalia.
“The United States will continue to work with the Government of Somalia to promote security, advance development, and help create lasting peace and prosperity for all Somalis,” the statement said.
Islamist militant group al-Shabaab were pushed from power in Somalia and out of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, in 2011 by African forces but still control central and southern areas in the country.
Earlier this month, bomb attacks on a restaurant in the capital claimed by the group killed 15 and injured 23.