The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army (SNA) have opened a Joint Operations Coordination Center in Mogadishu to bolster ongoing efforts to weaken al-Shabaab and stabilize Somalia.
The center, which was established by AMISOM’s Halane Camp, was officially inaugurated at a ceremony attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Gen. Odowa Yusuf Rage and AMISOM Deputy Force Commander for Operations and Planning, Maj. Gen. William Kitsao Shume.
The center, which is jointly run by AMISOM and national intelligence officials, will enhance the planning and coordination of military operations against al-Shabaab.
Commander Odowa, emphasized the importance of the partnership between the SNA and AMISOM to keep the facilities under control in all areas under AMISOM responsibility.
“The success of these centers will depend on the relationship between the SNA and AMISOM, and how they coordinate the representation of the divisions, who then implement any such directives for the successful implementation and implementation. For our part, we will work hard to make that happen, ”said Gen. Odowaa.
The Mogadishu headquarters is one of six centers, recently established across the country in line with the recommendations of the Divisional Commanders’ Conference, held earlier this year.
Gen. Odowa said AMISOM and the SNA have established good working relations in recent years, noting that such experiences shared by the two forces will enable them to improve the facility.
“I believe our long-standing collaboration and the experience we have gained over the years will help us get the best out of this facility to meet the challenges ahead. “Let’s take advantage of the center and improve every opportunity we have, before the center is established,” he added. Odowaa.
Before the opening ceremony of the center, Gen. Odowa oversaw AMISOM’s special security forces and later attended a closed-door security meeting.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Shume, said the inauguration of the center is important in achieving the common goal of having fully operational facilities across the country.
Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa, AMISOM First Division Commander reiterated the importance of joint planning, noting that the establishment of this center and several others across the country, will help address some of the challenges. meet both armies.
“For any operation to be effective, planning is the most important. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the SNA and the AMISOM leadership for this remarkable initiative to create Joint Operations Units in all sectors. This will surely close the gap in joint planning, ”said Maj. Gen. Nabasa.
Somali government and AMISOM forces are battling al-Shabaab, conducting joint operations, although in recent years only government forces have carried out most operations.