MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Somalia's new president says he wants to begin talks with the several armed groups fighting for control of the nation.
"We must sit together, talk and come up with solutions to our problems," Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told al-Jazeera Friday.
Ahmed, who was sworn in Sunday, is seeking dialogue first with the al-Shabab movement.
His stated intention is to form a broad-based government and invite all armed groups in the Horn of Africa nation to join a U.N.-sponsored reconciliation effort.
"You know in Somalia today everyone thinks he or she is right and doesn't want to dialogue," Ahmed said. "We must abandon this culture."
Ahmed led the Islamic Courts' Union when it controlled much of south and central Somalia in 2006 before being forced out by Ethiopian forces.