Ethiopian forces in Somalia formally join AMISOM

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Addis Ababa, 23 January 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian troops in Somalia on Wednesday (January 22) were formally re-hatted as part of AMISOM as the Mission’s sixth contingent, joining the forces provided by Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Brigadier-General Gebre-Medihin Fikadu takes charge of Sector-3 area which is based in and around Baidoa and Beled Weyne as well as in Gedo region from the Burundian Central Force Commander.
Ethiopian Ambassador to Mogadishu, Ambassador Wondimu Asaminew, the EU ambassador to Somalia, the Somali Federal Government Administrator for Bay Region and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Somali Armed Forces as well as elders were attended the ceremony.
During the ceremony Ambassador Wondinu thanked the Ugandan and Burundian forces for their sacrifice in keeping the peace and security of the region.
He also thanked the people and Government of Somalia and pledged Ethiopia's continuous support for Somalia.
AMISOM has said that the inclusion of Ethiopian troops in the Mission will allow for AMISOM to launch a new offensive against Al-Shabaab bases in the regions of Lower and Middle Shabelle, with Kenyan units advancing from the Kismayo area and Ugandan and Burundi forces pushing from north and east. (MoFA)