Mogadishu, 11th February 2020– The Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Headquarters (JOHQ), Lieutenant General Luciano PORTOLANO, paid a visit to the EUTM Somalia Headquarters at Mogadishu International Airport.

The highest military authority, accompanied by the Director of the Operations in the IT JOHQ, Brigadier General Luigi DEL BENE, was welcomed by the Mission Force Commander, Brigadier General Antonello DE SIO, and the Advisory Team Chief and Italian Senior National Representative (SNR), Colonel Luca ROLLO. The Commander of the Italian National Support Element, Lieutenant Colonel Licio DETTORI was also in attendance.

General PORTOLANO had the opportunity to meet some key personnel of the Mission Staff, received all the information about the activities performed by the EUTM-S personnel during the current 6th Mandate and had a meeting with the whole Italian Contingent employed in the Mission.

He also had the possibility to meet, accompanied by the Italian Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, H.E. Mr. Luciano PEZZOTTI, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Mr. Alberto VECCHI and the EUTM Somalia MFCdr, the Somali Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Hassan Ali Khayre.

General PORTOLANO, during his speech with the Italian Contingent, underlined the importance of the Mission in the Horn of Africa, highlighting Italy’s role as an important contributing country.

At the end of the visit the mentioned authorities expressed words of gratitude for the professionalism and the excellent work done by the Italian Contingent and all the EUTM-S personnel.

Before leaving, the authority had the possibility to sign the Honour Book of the Mission.