AU Opens New Military Training Facility To Boost Security in Somalia


Africa Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has opened another new military training facility in at the Jazeera Training Centre in Mogadishu.

The facility will be used to train Somali National Army (SNA) on urban warfare in Mogadishu as part of efforts to stabilize the horn of Africa nation.

According to Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia the facility constriction began in December 2015.

Madeira who toured the training facility, said he was impressed by the ongoing progress of construction works, aimed at expanding the facility.

Training of SNA military personnel is a key part of AMISOM’s mandate and is essential in preparing SNA in taking over the country’s security once AU peacekeepers exit Somalia.

Madeira confirmed that AMISOM will only leave Somalia once the country is stabilize and SNA assured of taking up the security of Somalia capably.

The AU envoy also hailed the European Union and United Nations for supporting military training programmes in Jazeera.

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