Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh who replaces Lt. General Jonathan Rono has formally assumed office according to AMISOM press release.
The new Force Commander is expected to meet with the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.
Ambassador Madeira noted Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh arrival saying he came at a critical time for the Mission.
“The General is coming at a moment when we have just revised the AMISOM Concept of Operations for 2016 and I am glad that he did fully participate in the deliberations that led to the adoption of the same. Now that the Concept of Operations has entered into force, he is the Commander-In-Chief when it comes to its implementation,” Ambassador Madeira.
Ambassador Madeira also highlighted Somalia’s forthcoming election as one of the key priority to which the new Force Commander is expected to keenly pay attention and provide the required guidance.
Lt. General Soubagleh is highly experienced having previously worked with the African Union Mission in Somalia, where he served as AMISOM Chief of Defence Staff between 2012 and 2013.
Before his appointment as Force Commander, Lt. General Soubagleh regularly participated in meetings of the Joint Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) of AMISOM, on behalf of Djibouti.
Ambassador Madeira wished Lt. General Soubagleh success in his new mission in Somalia.