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Addis Ababa, 10 November, 2020: At the initiative of the African Union (AU) Commission, a high-level Ministerial meeting of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was held virtually on 10 November 2020 and chaired by H.E Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission.

The Ministerial meeting was attended by His Excellency, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti, His Excellency, Ambassador Albert Shingiro, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Henry Okello Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Ambassador Catherine Mwangi representing Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya and His Excellency Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma  representing H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The meeting received a briefing from AMISOM about the prevailing political and security situation in Somalia. The meeting commended the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) for the efforts undertaken towards inclusive politics and welcomed the agreement on the electoral model for the 2020/21 national elections;

The meeting expressed deep concern over the continued threat posed by Al Shabaab to Somalia and the region and its continued recruitment drive and acquisition of sophisticated weaponry;

The meeting re-emphasised the direction of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) as contained in paragraph 10 of AUPSC Communique 949 which urges the UN Security Council to agree on the modalities for an AU-UN co-leadership in undertaking the independent assessment and awaits a response to the request in the spirit of the AU-UN partnership on peace and security. 

Considering the challenges and the strategic issues related to their continued support to Somalia, the meeting agreed to meet again next week.

Posted by SitroomCom
Last updated by PSC Secretariat

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