The United States said on Wednesday that it will "reserve judgment" about militia who took over Somalia's capital this week from a self-styled coalition of anti-terrorism warlords widely believed to get backing from Washington.
"I think that as a matter of principle that we would look forward to working with groups or individuals who have an interest in a better, more peaceful, more stable, secure Somalia," McCormack said at a news briefing.
McCormack made the remarks after the Washington Post said Washington is reaching out to Somalia's forces that seized control of Mogadishu, the capital of the lawless East African country.
"We think that there is room for discussion with any viable political actor in Somalia," a senior U.S. government official, who asked not to be identified, was quoted as saying.
Somalia has been without a central government since 1991, when warlords first occupied the capital. U.S. forces intervened in 1992 to protect famine aid and withdrew in 1994 after a Mogadishu street battle in which 18 American service members were killed.