Mousa Faki Mahamat, the new African chief made his first visit to war-torn Somalia on Saturday 18/3/2017 where he held discussions on challenges facing the country.
The new AU chief who officially assume his post on Tuesday met with Somali’s president and prime minister and pledged AU’s support in stabilizing Somalia government and eliminating of Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab.
Somalia is facing challenges of Al-Shabaab insurgency and the worst drought ever witnessed in years.
Somalia President together with Prime Minister after the meeting issued a statement echoing AU chairperson remarks on helping Somalia overcome insecurity challenges and drought that has hit about 11 regions.
The AU chief also thanked AMISOM troops for their selfless contribution in security several regions across Somalia. He noted of tremendous progress in ensuring peace and security.
Mahamat also took time to pay tribute to the Somali and AMISOM troops who have lost their lives in pursuit of peace and security in Somalia.
Over 22,000 strong forces from African Union are in Somalia fighting against al-Qaeda affiliated group of Al-Shabaab since the mission was established in 2007.