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Ethiopia says ‘no decision yet to enter Kismayo’

Government spokesperson said Ethiopia is yet to reach at a decision whether to send its troops to wrest al-Shabaab from its stronghold of Kismayo, the southern port city of Somalia.
Recent reports have suggested that Ethiopian troops are ready to launch an assault on the strategic town of Kismayo, the ultimate target of Kenyan troops who joined the battle against al-Shabaab in Somalia in October 2011.
Ambassador Dina Mufti, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, confirmed calls for Ethiopian troops to enter Kismayo.
“There are suggestions [for Ethiopia to enter Kismayo]. The peace loving people of the international community want Ethiopia to do the job,” Ambassador Dina told WIC. “However, a decision [to enter Kismayo] has not yet been made.”
Since entering Somalia in December last year, Ethiopia’s military have succeeded in ridding al-Shabaab from two key cities of Beledweyne and Baidoa and other small towns in Bay and Bakool regions with the help of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government forces.