MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
A delegation from the African Union Peace Support
Division (PSD) wrapped up their three-day visit to Somalia on
Wednesday, calling for successfully implementation of the
transition plan within the country’s security framework.
delegation led by Mohamed Idriss, Djibouti ambassador to
Ethiopia, also promised to keenly examine the situation in the
Horn of African nation.
Idriss said they
hope a meeting of military chiefs from the six troop
contributing countries (TCCs) slated for Friday will adopt the
new exit strategy framework for the African Union Mission in
“The military chiefs
from the Troop Contributing Countries will meet on 30 November
2018. We hope that the outcome of this meeting will inform the
adoption of the new Concept of Operations [CONOPS], which is the
framework for AMISOM’s exit strategy,” he said in a statement
issued at the end of their visit.
The Djiboutian envoy
said the AU Peace and Security Council will be seeking to
validate resolutions from the Military Operations Coordination
Committee (MOCC) meeting, which brings together all military
chiefs from the TCCs, key partners and AMISOM leadership.
The CONOPS, which
aims to provide a structure for AMISOM operations from 2018 to
2021, marks the final phase of the AU Mission’s transition and
its eventual exit from Somalia.
It is expected to
provide a comprehensive basis for conducting operations
including training and mentoring the Somali police and the
national army, while at the same time creating a useful
framework for stabilization, civil military activities, early
recovery and reconstruction.
The AU delegation
which assessed the security and political situation in Somalia
said it held successful deliberations with senior government
officials, leaders of the Federal Member States, AMISOM, the UN
and representatives of the civil society, among them youth,
media and minority groups.
“The AU Peace and
Security Council takes the issue (of Somalia) seriously and will
in the coming days examine the situation in Somalia,” said
He said findings
from their visit will be shared with relevant bodies, including
with leaders from the TCCs to AMISOM.
The delegation also
sought to know the progress made in the transitioning of
national security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somali
National Security Forces as per the United Nations Security
Council and AU Peace and Security Council Resolutions.
meeting, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire Khaire appealed
to the African Union to remain a voice and advocate for
Somalia’s cause at international fora.
“10 years ago,
Somalia was a country forgotten, with little hope for
prosperity. Today we are re-emerging in the eyes of the
international community and being a pride of the continent, as a
functioning developing state and no longer a failed state,”
Khaire told the delegation.
He highlighted his
government’s key priorities, which include defeating terrorism,
and stressed the government’s commitment to defending the gains
hard-fought by AMISOM and the Somali security forces.