By Julian Pecquet - 02/21/13 07:33 PM EST
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a Muslim member of Congress, separately met with Mohamud on Tuesday, fulfilling a campaign promise to his Somali-American constituents. Ellison traveled with the American Refugee Committee, a non-governmental organization based in his district, to discuss the status of Somali refugees and U.S. remittances.
“We are at a critical juncture for the people of Somalia and their families in Minnesota and throughout the United States,” Ellison said. “The election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and a renewed U.S. relationship may be our best opportunity in decades to ensure peace and stability for the Somali people, and combat terrorism in the region. This visit provided an unparalleled opportunity to learn firsthand about issues facing the country, and the role the United States plays in promoting a stable Somalia.”