The Mission Force Commander of the European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM-S) BG Pietro Addis met with Somalia’s Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed “Amar Damber” at Villa Gashandigha, Mogadishu on 10th Jun 2018.

The EUTM-S Mission Force Commander congratulated the new Minister of Defence for his new appointment and renovated the full commitment of EUTM-Somalia in supporting the Somalia’s SSR through training, advisory and mentor.

Moreover, both discussed the situation in Somalia, and the current security reforms undertaken by the Government. They noted that, whilst many challenges remained, some encouraging progress have been made and, under the civilian oversight, they are paving the way towards future steps.

Security is a key component needed for sustaining and carrying further the state and peace-building progress in Somalia. Therefore, since 2010, the EU Training Mission-Somalia has been training elements of the Somali National Army as contribution to rebuilding the nascent Somali military capability, focusing its efforts today on company-sized unit training as well as advisory support to the General Staff and the Ministry of Defence.