Federal Government, AMISOM Vow to Vanquish Al-shabab

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and
the Federal Government of Somalia have agreed to intensify joint operations in the
final push against Al-Shabaab terrorists.

Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission (SRCC) to Somalia, on Monday met with the Somali
Minister of Defence Hassan Ali Mohamed.

The meeting, which was attended by senior officials of AMISOM and the Federal
Ministry of Defence, discussed a wide range of issues including operations to
degrade Al-Shabaab elements.

In particular the officials discussed the ongoing joint operations between AMISOM
soldiers and the Somali National Army (SNA).

Ambassador Madeira also acknowledged the progress being made by the Somalia
Security Forces to take over from AMISOM as agreed in the Somali Transition Plan.

“Somalia is ready to take on its responsibility of national security. Somali forces now
control Sabiid and Bariire. We intend to do the same in other locations,” the
Ambassador said.

Ambassador Madeira added, “We are considering handing over some Forward
Operating Bases (FOBs) to the Somali Security Forces. When we do this, AMISOM
forces will become more mobile to secure the Main Supply Routes.”

He reaffirmed the commitment by AMISOM to implement the Somali Transition Plan
and pave the way for the African Union forces to exit Somalia.

During the meeting, the officials discussed operations in AMISOM area of
responsibility and agreed to keep up the speed of operations. They also shared
lessons learned following the recent successful joint operations to liberate areas in
Lower Shabelle region.

Last month, Somali Security Forces supported by AMISOM troops carried out
operations in the Lower Shabelle region that liberated the towns of Sabiid and
Bariire.

At the end of the closed-door meeting held at the AMISOM Mission Headquarters in
Mogadishu, Minister Hassan said they had also agreed to strengthen information-
sharing with AMISOM.

Minister Hassan said, “We agreed to expand operations and open up Main Supply
Routes.”

The officials also agreed to form a technical working group, led by the Chief of
Defence Forces and the AMISOM Force Commander.