Mogadishu, 19 February 2020 – It was held in the afternoon, at the international Campus of Mogadishu, the inauguration ceremony of the new Headquarters of the European Union Training Mission Somalia.

The deployed Contingent EUTM-S honoured the highest authority, the Director of the EU Military Planning and Conduct Capability, Lieutenant General Esa PULKKINEN, who was accompanied by the MFCdr Brigadier General Antonello DE SIO.

The representatives of prominent stakeholders, who collaborate with the EUTM Somalia, were also present at the ceremony and notably the Somali Ministry of Defence H.E. Hassan Ali MOHAMED, the European Ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Nicolas BERLANGA, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Alberto VECCHI, US Deputy Ambassador, H.E.  Brian T. NEUBERT,  the AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Ops and Plan, Lt. Gen. Nakibus James LAKARA, Head of UNSOS, Mrs Lisa FILIPPETTO, Head of UNMAS, Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain SADOZAI and the EUCAP-S Head of Mission, Mr. Chris REYNOLDS.

During his speech Lt. General PULKKINEN congratulated the EUTM-S Contingent for its exceptional work done so far, highlighting that the new HQ represents a sign of the EU willingness to support the Somali Defence institutions.

The ceremony ended with the symbolic ribbon cutting cut and the discovery of the building plate by the Director of the EU Military Planning Conduct Capability and a guided tour of the new Headquarters where guests were able to meet the Mission Staff at their workplaces.

EUTM Somalia aims at contributing to strengthening the Federal Government and Defence and Security institutions in Somalia, following a three-pillar approach: training, mentoring and advising.