Mogadishu-November,  16th  2012:  The  out-going  Special  Representative  of  the  Chairperson  of the  African  Union  Commission  (SRCC)  for  Somalia,  Ambassador  Boubacar  Gaoussou  Diarra  paid a  one  day  visit  to  Mogadishu  where  he  took  the  opportunity  to  officially  introduce  the  in-coming  SRCC  Ambassador  Mahamat  Saleh  Annadif  to  the  Prime  Minister  of  the  Federal Government,  H.E.  Abdi  Farah  Shirdon  and  Speaker  of  the  Federal  Parliament,  H.E. Mohamed Osman Jawari.

Ambassador  Diarra  said  the  incoming  AU  Special  Representative  has  rich  experience  in international  relations  which  he  said  will  be  very  helpful  to  the  Somali  peace  process  especially at  this  critical  point  that  the  country  is  making  tremendous  progress  both  on  political  and security fronts with support from the international community.
“Ambassador  Annadif  has  held  the  position  of  Minister  of  Foreign  Affairs  and  Chief  of  Staff for the President of Chad as well as Permanent Representative of the African Union Commission to the European Union in Brussels.” Said ambassador Diarra.
Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra who has held the position of AU Special Representative for  Somalia  (SRCC)  since  January  2010  is  scheduled  to  leave  towards  the  end  of  this  month  for Burundi  where  he  is expected  to  take  up another  appointment  as  the  Special  Representative  of the  AU  Commission  for  the  Great  Lakes  Region.  He  leaves  the  African  Union  Mission  in  Somalia (AMISOM)  having  played  a  key  role  in  the  country’s  political  process  which  culminated  into  the ending  of  the  transitional  period  and  the  withdrawal  of  Al-Shabaab  terrorist  group  from strategic  areas  thereby  creating  the  longest  period  of  relative  peace  and  security  in  two decades.
The Somali Prime Minister,  H.E.  Abdi  Farah  Shirdon  and  Speaker,  H.E. Mohamed  Osman  Jawari expressed  their  appreciation  for  AMISOM’s  continued  support  to  peace  and  security  in  the country  and  pledged  their  commitment  to  working  with  the  incoming  AU  Special Representative,  Ambassador  Mahamat  Saleh  Annadif  as  the  country  consolidates  the current gains and as it embarks on the process of rebuilding its state institutions and infrastructure.

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