Somalia Rejects Amisom Exit Report
The Somali government on Saturday rejected a report by the African Union mission to discuss the future of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that suggested an extension mission. AMISOM released an assessment report with recommendations to postpone the transition plan and extend their stay in Somalia up to December 2026. The options are a Hybrid AU-UN mission, reconfigured AMISOM with modifications, deployment of East Africa Standby Forces, or AMISOM exit and Somalia taking responsibility. In a statement is the Somali government rejected the African Union report which proposed four options for the future of AMISOM after 2021. ''In response to AU Independent Assessment Team’s Report, the Somali Government held an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the report and has rejected from the outset the report’s findings and recommendations and will issue a formal statement,'' Somali government spokesman Moalimuu said in a statement. The AMISOM are scheduled to exit Somalia in December 2021, but the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) extended the 28 February mandate deadline. AMISOM has provided support to Somalia’s government since 2007, mainly in fighting al-Shabaab and other extremist groups. It has also helped build the capacity of Somalia’s security institutions, including the Somali National Army and the Somali Police Forces.