KAMPALA, Foreign ministers and defence chiefs of countries contributing personnel to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have gathered in the Ugandan capital to map the way forward in the operations to establish peace and security in Somalia.

The delegates from Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia met at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala on Thursday with Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi, officiating at the opening of the meeting which was chaired by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Kutesa listed several achievement of AMISOM, including liberating 80 per cent of the areas previously dominated by the Al-Shabaab militants and neutralizing the threat of piracy at sea which had threatened international shipping and trade.

Kutesa also appealed to the international community to look at the bigger picture in Somalia, so that the gains made in recent years, through enormous efforts and great sacrifice of AMISOM are not in vain.

The meeting precedes the summit of heads of State and Government of the troop contributing countries (TTCs) on Friday. The summit is being convened by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

Addressing Thursday’s meeting, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, thanked President Museveni for taking the initiative to convene the meeting; and the TTCs for paying the ultimate sacrifice to restore peace and security in Somalia.



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