From Al Jazeera:
"The US secretary of state plans to meet the president of Somalia's transitional government during a seven-nation trip to Africa next week, the State Department has said.
Hillary Clinton will meet Sheikh Sharif Ahmed on the sidelines of an annual trade forum with sub-Saharan countries, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, on August 5, Ian Kelly, the State Department spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
The meeting comes as Somalia is ravaged by years of violence that worsened two months ago when armed groups stepped up an offensive against the internationally-backed government of President Ahmed.
On Monday, mortar attacks by Somali armed groups disrupted a parliamentary session as heavy fighting between the groups and African Union-backed government forces killed seven civilians, officials said."
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