Mogadishu, July 29th 2020 – This afternoon, the EUDEL Head of Mission, Ambassador Nicolas BERLANGA paid a visit to the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in the International Campus.

The European Ambassador was welcomed by the Mission Force Commander, Brigadier General Antonello DE SIO, and had the opportunity to address a speech to the EUTM-S personnel and to farewell the MFCdr who will hand over the command position in the coming days.

At the ceremony, carried out in compliance with the regulations aimed at contrasting COVID-19, took part, the Senior National Representatives of EUTM-S contingent, the Italian National Support Element Commander, and a representation of the Mission personnel.

During his introduction, BG DE SIO thanked the Ambassador for his presence, expressed his gratitude for the relentless support provided by the diplomat during his mandate, the sincere friendship set together and highlighted the exceptional efforts assured by all the EUTM-S members to fulfil the different tasks. Before the final wishes, the General confirmed the steady support of his successor and the entire Contingent to achieve the Mission objectives and keep always high the prestige of the EU in Somalia.

During his speech, Ambassador BERLANGA conveyed a heartfelt thanks to the Mission Force Commander all the Contingent personnel for the excellent work done, for the results achieved even in this particular period of global pandemic and the precious synergies built up in the last 12 months. He confirmed the strategical role played from EUTM-S in the articulated Somali environment, the precious capabilities provided to increase the effectiveness of the local Defence institutions and the tremendous contribution to the EU in the country. At the end, Ambassador Berlanga shared his personal wishes to the outgoing Commander from a personal and professional perspective.

Before concluding the short ceremony, as a sign of membership that inevitably links the two Missions, BG DE SIO delivered a symbolic present to the Ambassador.

EUTM Somalia Contingent, even in this period of global challenges, never had stopped its activities continues to support the build-up of the Somali National Armed Forces through advising, mentoring and training activities.