AU pledges to help Hirshabelle reopen roads in its state

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Hiran Media Center
Wednesday March 14, 2018

Muqdisho (HMC) African Union (AU)  on Tuesday pledged to help Somalia’s youngest state, Hirshabelle in its fight to reopen and secure main supply routes of the state.

Al-Shabaab militants have set up roadblocks on roads linking towns of Hirshabelle state where the group carries attacks against Somali National Army and AMISOM forces.

Following discussions between Hirshabelle state President, Mohamed Abdi Waare and AU Special Envoy to Somalia, Francisco Madeira, AU said its troops will intensity the war against Al-Shabaab terroist group in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.

Madeira said he talked with President Waare on challenges that faced Hirshabelle state and means to help the state to set up adminsttrative structure in liberated areas.

” We discussed the details of the transition and saw the transition needs to be strengthened, what we think regional forces can contribute,” Madeira noted, Adding ” And the importance of regional forces to secure MSRs (Main Supply Routes) side-by-side with African Union Union Misssion in Somalia ( AMISOM) and Somali National Security Forces.”

For his part, Waare commended AMISOM’s role in liberating Hirshabelle areas from Al-Shabaab militants.

“AMISOM is important to us in our daily lives, helping us to tackle these challenges in Hirshabelle,” said Waare.

The leaders jointly agreed to accelarate the process to secure Mogadishu-Beledweyne roads.

The discussions comes inbthe wake of a deadly attackby Al-Shabaab fighters on AMISOM convoy escorting trucks carrying supplies from Mogadishu early this month.

Al-Shabaab killed several AMISOM  soldiers and destroyed vehicles in the attack in Balad, 30 km north of Mogadishu

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