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The Somali President draws crowds for a speech in Minneapolis

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was expected to address the fight against terrorist group al-Shabaab and a food crisis in Somalia.

It followed his visit to President Biden’s summit for African leaders in Washington, D.C., this week. Mohamud was scheduled to meet Friday morning with Gov. Tim Walz.

He served as president from 2012 to 2017 and began a new term in May 2022. Members of the audience waved Somali flags — light blue featuring a white star — in eager anticipation.

Minnesotans of Somali heritage came to the convention center to hear Mohamud lay out his agenda and address efforts to combat the al-Shabaab terrorist group and a massive food crisis.