The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Madeira has commended the United States for its continued support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its fight against terrorism.
Ambassador Madeira made the remarks yesterday during the unveiling of a new U.S. government-funded Aerial Surveillance System at the Baledogle Military Airfield, in Lower Shabelle region.
The system, which will serve as a force multiplier, is expected to enhance the effectiveness of field operations conducted by AMISOM troops in various parts of the country.
“It (the aerial surveillance system) is of critical importance to AMISOM forces as it will go a long way in addressing one of AMISOM’s capability shortfalls. What we are launching today is a force enabler, which we have been requesting for, over a period of time, which has now come to fruition,” the SRCC said.
AMISOM has on numerous occasions appealed for force enablers to enable it launch successful military operations against Al-Shabab and liberate areas under the control of the militants. The Mission plans to intensify operations to secure the country as the gradual transfer of national security responsibilities to Somali national security forces continues as planned.
Ambassador Madeira, who was accompanied by senior AMISOM officials, noted that the platform will provide troops with much needed real time intelligence, which will help detect and monitor armed groups.
He appealed to other development partners to emulate the U.S., which not only supports AMISOM troops but also the Somali National Army (SNA). The SRCC said strengthening Somali security forces was critical in achieving long term peace and security in the country.