A visiting 24-member delegation of the African Union Peace and Security Council has commended the remarkable progress in the stabilization efforts in Jubbaland state.
The delegation met with Jubbaland President H.E Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ at the presidential villa in Kismaayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland.
They also toured various projects supported by AMISOM, in the seaside town.
President Madobe briefed the delegation on current developments in the region and key priorities for his administration.
He cited security and recovery of small pockets still held by Al Shabaab as his top priority.
“Important issues (we) discussed, include peace in Somalia and Jubbaland in particular and the continuous efforts of AMISOM to stabilize Somalia,” President Madobe said after their meeting.
“We have agreed on the need to fast track the liberation of remaining areas from Al Shabaab and the establishment of a national force (Army), that will take over security duties from AMISOM,” President Madobe noted.
The delegation visited the Somali National Army training school, which is still under construction; the newly constructed Jubbaland police headquarters and the Somali Police Training Academy, where training of new recruits by AMISOM is on-going.
Ambassador Ntshinga Ndumiso who led the delegation, flanked by the AU Special Representative for Somalia Amb. Francisco Caetano Madeira, expressed satisfaction with the projects supported by AMISOM, describing them as impressive. He affirmed the African Union’s commitment and continued support to the stabilization efforts.
“We came to make an assessment on the foundation that needs to be put in place, to build a Somalia that is good for its people,” Amb. Ndumiso noted.
“We are humbled by the time the President spent with us, explaining what the basic needs are here in Kismaayo, the priorities of Jubbaland and what needs to happen. We even saw the developments that are quite impressive,” he said.
The AU Peace and Security Council delegation arrived in Somalia on Thursday 23 March 2017, to assess the level of progress made in the defence and security institutions, especially efforts to build a formidable national army, capable of securing the entire country.
The team will make recommendations, which will guide African Union’s future support to Somalia, as the AU Mission plans a drawdown and eventual exit from Somalia.
Prior to the Kismaayo visit, the delegation met with senior federal government officials, representatives of the international community in Somalia and conducted field visits to assess Quick Impact Projects supported by AMISOM.