AU Delegation Discusses Supporting Somalia’s Stability

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A Delegation of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), chaired by Egypt, has concluded a visit to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Discussions during the visit focused on bolstering the AU’s support to ensure stability in Somalia amid the parliamentary elections. Talks also covered the fate of the troops of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

The visit commenced on Nov.8 and was concluded on Nov. 10; it was led by Egypt’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representatives to the African Union Mohamed Gad, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The delegation met with several officials from the Somali government, including President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble.

It also convened with Head of AMISOM Francisco Madeira in addition to holding other meetings with the UN mission, foreign missions, and representatives of the civil community and women.

The statement said the delegation discussed the political and security developments in the country.

Discussions also highlighted means to reach a joint understanding among the federal government, the AU, and the UN towards the arrangements related to AMISOM.

AMISOM is expected to withdraw from the country by the end of this year, according to security reports. The AMISOM troops consist of more than 19,000 soldiers and 1,000 policemen

This step represents a red flag since it indicates the return of Al-Shabaab militant group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, as revealed by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

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