According to Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, AU is planning to train and equip Somali government forces in readiness to take over the country’s security before pulling its troops from the country.
Speaking in a press conference during the closing of the 27th AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, Chergui said AU is scheduled to withdraw its standby force from Somalia in 2018.
AU is also helping Somalia with its Presidential and parliamentary elections that are due later in the year.
“We need a peaceful Somalia and respect for human rights for all citizens,” Chergui said.
Chergui noted that the Heads of States set up a special fund to help combat terrorism in the continent.
AMISOM troops entered Somalia 2007 after the United Nations Security Council authorized the African Union to deploy a peacekeeping mission which has helped in eliminating the Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab.
AMISOM Force contributing countries include Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burundi.