Somali FM and AU chair person discusss joint cooperation
Somalia's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud Abubakar, met the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Somalia and the African Union Commission, as well as exchanging views on continental issues of common interest, including regional stability and the renewal of the African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) mandate. ''FM Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud discussed today in AddusAbba with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki, the political situation in Somalia, regional stability and the renewal of AMISOM's mandate,'' Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet. The minister briefed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the current political and security situation in the country. The continental bloc has thousands of peacekeeping forces in Somalia. AU troops were contributed by Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Burundi. The forces under the framework of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were deployed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu in 2007 following a request by the then transitional federal government of Somalia. The troops helped the Somali military fought Al-Shabaab fighters in central and south Somalia and regained control of many towns.