Commanders from Somali military and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have concluded three-day meeting in Mogadishu to discuss the implementation of AMISOM exit strategy.
Officials agreed to enhance coordination with the Somali security forces to implement the transition plan.
They evaluated the progress achieved in implementing the mission’s concept of operations (CONOPs) and the possibility of its execution before the time expires.
The CONOPs provides a framework to guide the implementation of AMISOM’s gradual transfer of security responsibilities to the Somali security forces and exit from Somalia.
During the meeting, the commanders also discussed the operational readiness of the Somali security forces, which is crucial to the successful implementation of the Somali transition plan.
Under the transition plan, the AU mission will transfer security responsibility to Somali security forces ahead of AMISOM’s anticipated exit in 2021.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the meeting, head of AMISOM, Francisco Madeira has called on Somali AMISOM troops to step up operations to liberate area under al-Shabaab.
Africa n Union had deployed its troops in Somalia in 2007 to support the Somali Transitional Federal Government in the process to stabilize the country.
The twenty thousand plus troops with the help of Somali military have achieved tremendous goals including flushing al-Shabaab out of Somali capital and many other towns in South and central Somalia