The commander of the Somali army in Addis Ababa talks with his colleague ENDF

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – General Odowaa Yusuf Rageh of the Somali National Army [SNC] met Monday with his Ethiopian counterpart, General Birhanu Jula. This was the first major meeting of Rageh, who trained in Uganda, which he is hosting outside of Somalia. Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is also struggling with internal political conflicts.

Reports from Ethiopia say the parties have discussed how Somalia will strengthen its defense forces, which have been recovering for more than three decades. Barre was overthrown.

In a statement issued by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF], the two generals highlighted the important role of the African Union mission in Somalia, including the Ethiopian army [AMISOM], in combating terrorist organizations aAl-Shabaab.

Ethiopia has about 4,500 troops in AMISOM, mainly serving Areas III and VI under AMISOM’s jurisdiction.  in Somalia, especially in the Gedo area, and their presence created a rift between Mogadishu and Kismayo.

Jubaland authorities often accuse Ethiopia of working closely with the administration of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Pharmajo to undermine Jubaland’s leadership under President Ahmed Islam. Mohamed Madobe. However, the conflict was resolved.

The head of the Somali National Army, General Odawa Yusuf Rageh, and the head of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, General Berhanu Jula, met in Addis Ababa. General Odowaa Yusuf Rageh also noted that the practical role of neighboring countries such as Ethiopia is much better and more important for Somalia than the unfulfilled promises of some countries in the fight against Al-Shabaab and the reconstruction of Somalia Birhanu Jula said that the National Defense Forces of his country always ready to support the efforts of the Government of Somalia to build a strong defense force in Somalia.

The two officials further stressed that the peace and stability of the two neighbors are interdependent and that working together to eliminate terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab is their common goal.

Odyaa’s trip to Addis Ababa came a few weeks after the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Eritrea confirmed that Somali troops training in Eritrea were involved in the Tigris War. ENDF conducted an operation in Tigray, believed to be supported by regional forces from Amhara, Eritrea and Somalia. training of troops in Asmara. But despite such signs, Somalia flatly denied the report, insisting that no soldier took part in the war with the Tigray. The Tigray Self-Defense Forces recently invaded areas outside Tigray, further weakening the federal army.


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