Monday November 26, 2018
A twenty-seven-member delegation from the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) arrived in Somalia to assess the political and security situation in the Horn of Africa country.The delegation was received on arrival at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, by H. E. Abdulkadir Ahmedkheyr Abdi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, senior government officials and the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.
While in the country, the delegation will hold talks with leaders from the Federal Government and Federal Member States, AMISOM leadership, UN officials and International Partners.
The delegation’s three-day working visit to Somalia is also aimed at checking 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 Resolutions 2372 of 2017 and 2431 of 2018, as well as the Communique of the 782nd meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council.
The Peace and Security Council is keen to ensure that the implementation of the Transition Plan is carried out as planned, within the framework of the country’s National Security Architecture, without undue strain on national security. Pivotal to the delegation will be an assurance that the Somali security forces are progressively being trained and capacitated, to take over full responsibility of the Somalia’s security.
On the political front, the delegation will be keen to get an update on the state of political situation in the country and the impending regional presidential elections.