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Foreign Minister Discusses With The AU Envoy The Readiness Of The Somali Army To Take Over The Security Duties Of The Country
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Foreign Minister Discusses With The AU Envoy The Readiness Of The Somali Army To Take Over The Security Duties Of The Country

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, received on Sunday in Mogadishu. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, and discussed with him security issues, the ongoing elections, the mandate of AMISOM and the Somalia Transition Plan (STP), which is the only way to achieve stability, security and state-building in the country.  The meeting focused on the latest developments in the country and the need for joint action in unifying efforts to support the Somalia transition plan within the framework of raising the level of readiness of military units so that the army remains the fortress of the nation and its impenetrable shield. In August 2021, the African Union and the Federal Government of Somalia signed an agreement on the likely configuration and proposed mandate of the African Union’s support to Somalia beyond December 2021. AMISOM is a peace support operation with nearly 20,000 forces on the ground mainly from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.  Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are the six police-contributing countries.  AMISOM has been in Somalia backing the Somali federal government and fighting against the al-Shabaab terrorist group since Jan. 19, 2007.

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