Italy delivers materials and equipment to Somalia


As part of bilateral relations and cooperation between Italy and Somalia, a sober ceremony took place today at the international airport of Mogadishu, during which materials and equipment were donated to the Army and the Federal Government Police of Somalia.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia HE Abdiweli Sheikh AHMED, Finance Minister Hussein Abdi HALANE, Deputy Defense Minister Abdallah Hussain ALI, the Italian Ambassador Andrea MAZZELLA, the Chief of Staff of the 'Somali army gen Dahir Aden ELMI, commander of the EUTM SOMALIA mission brigadier Massimo MINGIARDI and commander of the 1 sector of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Brigadier General Dick OLUM (Uganda People's Defense Force).

In particular with regard to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian ambassador Andrea MAZZELLA has delivered 30 cars for the Somali police. As for the defense, Colonel Bernardo MENCARAGLIA, commander of the Italian National Support Element (IT-NSE) EUTM Somalia, delivered military accessories and equipment for the Somali Army. This donation represents the first tranche of a series of materials that the Ministry of Defense has prepared for the Somali armed forces.

This aid is part of Italy's commitment to international initiatives to safeguard Somalia's peace and stability, plagued by a long civil war. In this context, Italy is strongly involved in the EU Mission called European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) as it provides, in addition to the commander gen. Brig. MINGIARDI, the 60% of staff.

EUTM Somalia carries out its functions in the framework of the EU's global commitment to respond to the basic needs of the Somali people and to strengthening and stabilizing local institutions.

Source: SMD