Lt. Gen. Esa Pulkkinen, the Director General of the EU Military Staff and Director of the EU Military Planning and Conduct Capability visited the US Africa Command in Germany in a meeting that is set to set the pace for increased cooperation between the two entities. The meeting between the EU and AFRICOM is projected to increase the cooperation especially in fighting terror elements in select countries in Africa.
Both AFRICOM and the EU work towards stability in Africa by strengthening the security structures, providing support to the militaries and civilian forces, which are critical to the fight against terrorism.
Somalia is one of the targeted countries by the renewed collaboration between the two entities. The EU and US have promised continued strategic and combat assistance to Somalia in their fight against the al Shabaab terrorists.