Somali army and AMISOM agree to enhance coordination to execute exit plan

SOMALIA, Shabelle: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team, Colonel Kayanja Muhanga (right) commander of Ugandan Battle Group 8 serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and a Somali National Army (SNA) commander discusst 23 May as an AMISOM battle group and SNA forces cross bushland west of Deynile, in an area north-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu. AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces continued for a second day to push out to the west of Mogadishu in a major offensive called 'Operation Free Shabelle' to liberate Afgoye Town and the 400,000 internally displaced people living there, from the control of the Al Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

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