AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

Chairperson Mahamat Pays Tribute to African Union Troops in Somalia

ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has paid tribute for troops in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) that marked its its first anniversary on Saturday.

The AUC chair also commended the leadership of the Somali Government and the commitment of troop contributing countries and partners.

In a statement, Mahamat said he “warmly commends the first anniversary of the reconfigured ATMIS that replaced the AU Mission in Somalia or AMISOM on 1 April 2022.

The ATMIS support of the Federal government of Somalia’s mission to tackle terrorism in its pursuit for peace and security of the Horn African nation.

The Chairperson lauded President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud leadership “for the important political gains” as well as “strong efforts that the federal government and security forces continue to deploy.”

“In this regard,” the Chairperson said, he “wishes to recognise and honor the service of African Union troops.”

Many “have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the gallant mission to restore peace and security to the brotherly nation of Somalia,” he noted.

Mahamat also lauded troop and police contributing nations for their “unwavering determination” in support of Somalia’s bid to achieve peace and stability.

ATMIS, which builds on the work of AU Mission in Somalia, contributed to progress made in the country on the political, security and development fronts, amid ongoing threats from Al-Shabaab group insurgents.

The group have been waging a bloody insurgency against Somalia’s internationally backed federal government for 15 years deapite losing ground in urban areas.

The Somali authorities recently logged advances in the fight against Al-Shabaab and carried out successful operations in two states, Galmudug and Hirshabelle, recovering territory from the group.

The African Union will “continue working closely with the government and people of Somalia in their legitimate quest for lasting peace, security and sustainable development,” Mahamat said.