Ethiopia revealed that it will send more troops and helicopters to AMISOM battling Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
On Wednesday 24th February 2016, Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African Union to deploy a 7th battalion and additional helicopters to AU troops.
Wahide Belay Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) signed the MoU at a ceremony held at the AU headquarters, Addis Ababa.
Deployment of additional battalion and attack helicopters from Ethiopia will come a long way in increasing the capacity of AU troops in fighting against Al-Shabaab terrorist group and to stabilize Somalia.
AMISOM is a regional peacekeeping mission established by AU with approval of the United Nations. AMISOM was created on January 19, 2007 by the Council for Peace and Security Union (CPS).
Ethiopia has been on the frontline in the regional peace and security where it has deployed 4,395 soldiers in the war-torn horn of Africa nation Somalia under the mandate of the regional peacekeeping mission.
AMISOM comprises of a 22,000 strong force from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi.