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AMISOM Commander and Somali Premier Discuss Means of Enhancing Cooperation in the Fight against Terrorism

Storyline:National News

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Commander Lt. General Jonathan Rono who is also the acting Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson to Somalia today paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. The two leaders deliberated over a range of issues including enhancement of cooperation between the two entities as well as bolstering the fight against Al-Shabaab terrorists.

Discussions further focused on the political and security situation in the country, as consultations ahead of the 2016 general election get underway.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Sharmarke spoke of the good relationship between the Federal government and AMISOM, which he said has enabled key gains particularly in the security sector.

“On the security aspect, we are making a lot of progress but we need to continuously improve. Coordination and cooperation are key to defeating the Al-Shabaab,” said the Prime Minister Omar as he enumerated gains, especially the improved security situation that is enabling the political process.

Lt. General Jonathan Rono was accompanied to the meeting by AMISOM Senior Political Affairs Officer Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo and AMISOM Force Spokesperson Lt. Col. Paul Njuguna, among others.

The Force Commander thanked the Federal Government for upholding the cordial relations enjoyed between the two institutions, while reiterating the commitment of AMISOM to support the ongoing political process.

“How we can enhance the good relations between AMISOM and the Federal Government of Somalia, how can we relate better and continue to work together is very important,” General Rono said.

Discussions also touched on initiatives by AMISOM to support and mentor the Somali National Army (SNA) and Somali Police Force (SPF) by providing technical and other support for the enhancement of capacity in National Security and Public Safety.