Britain through a press release reiterated its commitment and support to AMISOM battling the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab.
Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development the Rt Hon Priti Patel had travelled to Mogadishu on 28th January 2016 where she re-affirmed the importance of the UK’s partnership with Somalia and the AU peacekeeping mission.
During the meeting, Minister Patel met with met the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto, AMISOM Force Commander Lieutenant General Soubagleh and AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo.
They held talks on the need to improve Somalia’s prospects for peace and security ahead of Somalia Conference to be held in London in May.
Minister Patel commended the continuing efforts and sacrifices made by AMISOM and their troops, and highlighted the important role AMISOM to continue to play in enabling Somalia to take responsibility for its security.
She also highlighted that UK government will provide financial support of £10 million additional humanitarian funding to address immediate needs following deteriorating drought conditions in Somalia through concerned UN agencies.
Speaking at the end of the visit, The Secretary of State said:
“AMISOM together with UK military support are playing a crucial role in helping to deliver a stable, prosperous and secure Somalia.”
“Great progress towards peace has been made, but significant challenges remain.”