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AMISOM convenes a consultative meeting with Somalis in the Diaspora


The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif


Hiiraan Online
Monday, May 13, 2013

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A consultative meeting organized by AMISOM was held in London to
enhance participation of the Somali Diaspora in the reconstruction process of the country.

James Gadin who organized this meeting said the aim of the conference is to engage with Somalis in London to listen their views and recommendations and provide more information about the country’s current situation.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif opened the meeting and explained to to participants the role of AMISOM and the developments made since they started operating in Somalia.

He called all Somalis in the Diaspora to play a positive role in the country and engage to the country’s rebuilding process.

Participants raised questions, why AMISOM did not succeed to liberate all areas under Alshabab control.

“It’s very challenging to liberate all areas from Alshabab, before reaching a political settlement with the local communities which can cause more chaos”  Ambassador Annadif said while responding to this question.

Ms Jessica Phillips a representative of Britain’s foreign affairs office expressed how Britain is willingly committed to assist Somalia.

“We support the vision of the Somali government to put in place judicial reforms and restructure the security agencies of the country” she said.

Mr. Ali Amir a representative of the Somali government in this meeting noted that the government will work closely with the Diaspora communities and engage with them to mobilize and facilitate their return home to provide skilled manpower for the rebuilding of Somalia.

Director of Somali Elders organization Mohamed Abdirahman Haji praised the organizers of the meeting and hailed the sacrifices made by AMISOM troops in Somalia.

The three day meeting urged all Somalis in the Diaspora to strengthen their participation in all sectors of the country’s development to create a better Somalia for the future generations.


Ahmed Abdisamad
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