By Godfrey Olukya 17-3-2014
US through, Jen Psaki in the department spokesperson, Office of US Spokesperson
has appreciated AMISOM’s efforts in fighting for peace in Somalia.
A statement recently issued by Psaki said,’The AU Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) troops working jointly with the Somali National Army have
liberated several towns from al-Shabaab in Western Somalia.
These efforts will help spread security and stability to all the
Somali people, and accelerate the return of government institutions
and services. Our focus will not wane on meeting Somalia’s continued
humanitarian needs as the offensive continues.
The United States supports AMISOM and the Somali people’s efforts to
defeat al-Shabaab and bring greater peace to their country. We
continue to support AMISOM and the Somali National Security Services
through the provision of equipment, logistics, and training support.
The United States has obligated over $512 million since 2007 to
support AMISOM, and over $171 million to build a more effective and
professional Somali National Army.
AMISOM is composed of troops from several African countries including
Burundi, Uganda, Kenya Ethiopia and others.