Somalia: President Mohamud meets recruits of revitalized Somali army

Asmara, Eritrea – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud concluded a high-profile visit to Eritrea on Wednesday, where he met with Somali Air Force recruits at a military academy outside the capital, Asmara.

The visit comes in the context of a long-standing military cooperation between Somalia and Eritrea, with the latter country providing training and support to the Somali National Army (SNA) since 2018.

During the tour, President Mohamud was accompanied by his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, as they observed the progress of Somali soldiers undergoing training at the Eritrean Air Force (EAF) headquarters in Asmara.

“The two leaders visited Somali National Army recruits at the EAF headquarters in Asmara,” Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel confirmed in a statement.

The training programme, which has been running for five years, has been instrumental in revitalising the Somali military, which has been battling the persistent threat of the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

Eritrea’s contribution has been seen as crucial to bolstering the capabilities of the SNA, which has made significant progress in recent years in its fight against the insurgency.

This latest visit by President Mohamud highlights the deepening of cooperation between Somalia and Eritrea, two nations that have faced complex security challenges in the Horn of Africa region.

The meeting with the Somali trainees serves as a tangible demonstration of the fruits of this collaboration, as the two countries work together to confront common threats and strengthen regional stability.

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