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AU Special Representative pays a courtesy call on new Somalia PM, promises AMISOM support

Témoignages.re / 11 January 2014

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif today paid a courtesy call on the new Somalia Prime Minister H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed to congratulate him on his recent appointment and pledge AMISOM support to his new government.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)

The two leaders were meeting for the first time since the recent appointment of the new Somalia Prime Minister to discuss among other issues the AMISOM mandate and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2124 and the new AMISOM Concept of Operations.

They also agreed to better coordination between the new Somalia government and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to address security, political, civil affairs, humanitarian, gender issues and the ongoing Somalia stabilization efforts.

“I came to meet and congratulate the new Somalia Prime Minister H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and to assure him of the African Union support including the strengthening of the already excellent collaboration between the Somalia government and AMISOM,” Ambassador Annadif said moments after meeting the new Somalia PM.

Both leaders agreed that the New Year provides an excellent opportunity for the Somalia government to address pertinent issues affecting the Somalia population including the recovery of the areas still under the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants in order to extend crucial government services like provision of security to spur development in those areas.

“I wish to urge the Somalia population to work with the government and AMISOM in order to stem out the dangers posed by the anti-peace elements who have nothing else to offer except death and destruction. AMISOM will continue to stand up with the Somali people until they realize their dream of a stable and free Somalia,” he added.

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