Mogadishu, 21st May 2019 – On 20th May, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP) Federica Mogherini, visited EUTM Somalia headquarters at Mogadishu International Airport (MIA), as part of her visit to the country’s capital.

The HR/VP Federica Mogherini was welcomed by a guard of honour at MIA before meeting with personnel from both EUTM Somalia and the civilian EUCAP mission, who were honoured to have her visit them in their mission area. The HR/VP Federica Mogherini expressed her gratitude for the work being done by the Mission on behalf of the European Union.

The HR/VP Federica Mogherini held a meeting with the EUTM-Somalia Mission Force Commander, Brigadier General Matteo Spreafico, who briefed her about the objectives, achievements and challenges of the Mission, which seeks to build the capacity of the Somali Armed Forces.

In addition to training tactical units of the Somali National Army (SNA), EUTM Somalia has been working closing with the SNA headquarters and the Somali Ministry of Defence. It has been helping to forge closer cooperation between the headquarters and the Ministry, promoting civilian oversight over the Armed Forces and assisting with the development of key policy and legislative documents.