Foreign Ministers of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop contributing countries on Monday met on the sidelines of the 29th AU Summit in Addis Ababa for a briefing on the joint AU-UN AMISOM review that involves financing a regional force.Early this year, troop contributing countries to the AMISOM were raising concerns over delayed financial and logistical support to the forces meant to stabilize the Horn of Africa country.
The meeting dwells on resolving lack of resources AMISOM is facing which will force it to withdraw earlier than expected, and if this is to happen AMISOM has to draw its own exit strategy, a statement from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said
The ministry said the foreign ministers are discussing ways of enhancing engagement with traditional and non-traditional donors፡ US, EU, GCC, Turkey and China among others.
The troop contributing countries affirmed their commitment to AMISOM and the peace and stability of Somalia, the statement noted
Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Rwanda have contributed troops to AMISOM in its effort to dismantle al-Shabaab terrorist group.