Mogadishu, 12 November 2021 (TDI): The African Union’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) delegation arrived in Somalia for a three-day work tour on Monday.

The delegation was led by Egypt’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Dr. Mohamed Omar Gad, and the Union’s Acting Director of Conflict Management Directorate, Fiona Lordan.

AUPSC representatives met with the senior officials of Somalia’s government, international partners, and civil society groups. During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, they discussed ways to enhance AU’s cooperation with Mogadishu.

Similarly, the delegation met with the Foreign Minister of Somalia Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud. They exchanged views on the Mandate of African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) that is about to expire on December 31, 2021.

In addition, AU’s Peace and Security Council team met with the Copenhagen Group (C6+). The group includes the Ambassadors of Italy, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United Nations, the European Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). They explored the areas of mutual interest.

AUPSC also held a productive meeting with the European Union’s delegates in Somalia to discuss the future of AMISOM. While interacting with diplomats from the AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries, the AUPSC officials shared their views on the operational challenges and achievements of the Mission.

Dr. Mohamed Omar Gad expressed tremendous gratitude to the European Union for its continued funding and support amid the challenging times.