The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya, and Somalia’s Chief of Defence Forces, CDF, Gen. Odowaa Yusuf Rageh, yesterday paid a working visit to AMISOM troops in Sector 4, in Beletweyne.
The joint visit forms part of wider efforts to enhance coordination and joint military operations against the militant group, Al-Shabaab.
The AMISOM Djibouti contingent supported by the Ethiopian National Defence Forces, ENDF, support Somali security forces to secure Beletweyne, in the Hiiraan region, Somalia.
On arrival, the two military commanders who were accompanied by other senior AMISOM and SNA military officers were received by Col. Abdirahman Riyale Hared, the Djibouti contingent commander and other senior military officers in the region.
They inspected guard of honour by AMISOM troops and later held a closed-door security meeting with the sector commander and other military officers.
“Today we welcomed AMISOM Force Commander, Somalia National Army Chief of Defense Forces and the Commander of Somali infantry division who came to boost the upcoming joint operations by AMISOM and SNA aimed at liberating the remaining areas under the control of Al-Shabaab. They had a lengthy discussion and agreed to table the outcome of their meeting in the next meeting between AMISOM and SNA” said Col. Abdirahman Riyale Hared, the Djibouti contingent commander.
Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, the Commander of Somali infantry division who accompanied the delegation from Mogadishu noted that commanders had committed to deepen coordination between the forces and strengthen security in their Area of Responsibility (AoR).
“We discussed the security of Beletweyne town and Somalia in general and the coordination between AMISOM troops and Somalia security forces. We had good understanding on the cooperation between the two forces and how to enhance the security of the region” he said.
Late last year, AMISOM and SNA military commanders, at the Sector Commanders conference, held in Mogadishu committed to enhancing coordination on joint military operations to counter the threat posed by Al-Shabaab terrorists.
At the end of the conference the commanders signed an agreement establishing a Joint Operations Coordination Cell, which will allow them conduct joint targeted offensives against Al-Shabaab, to liberate territories ahead of the transfer of security responsibilities to Somali security forces, in line with the revised Concept of Operations (CONOPs) 2018-2021 and the Somali Transition Plan (STP).