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Somali Pres. denies talks between his gov't, Al-Shabaab militias

CAIRO, July 2 (KUNA) -- Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud said that there were no negotiations between the federal government and Al-Shabab militias, Somali National News Agency (SONNA) reported on Tuesday.
The statement came during a speech delivered by President Sheikh Mahmoud on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of Somalia's independence.
The Somali President's statement came after reports circulated about a plan by the Somali government to hold negotiations with Al-Shabab militias. (end) asm.ao