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SOMALIA:Somali deputy prime minister urges African countries to deploy troops in Somalia

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 1,2011

IBANDA, Uganda, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) — Somali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Hussein Arab Issa on Wednesday urged African countries to deploy troops in the Horn of African country to consolidate gains made against Islamic militants al Shabaab.

Issa told reporters here at the pass-out of 900 Somali troops in the southwestern Ugandan district of Ibanda that more African countries should deploy troops to secure the Somali capital Mogadishu and other parts of the country.

Uganda and Burundi are the only troop contributing countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

“We ask all African nations to stand and help us. We appeal to all African countries who promised to contribute troops to do so. We are not fighting for ourselves but for the country and the region,” said Issa.

Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, commander of the Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces urged the African countries that pledged to send troops to honor their promise.

He said more troops are needed in Somalia to defend the successes by AMISOM and the Somali Transitional Federal Government in deposing the al Shabaab out of Mogadishu

“This is the time for us to defend these positions and expand. There is a call for more troops on the ground from African countries,” he said.

Katumba said Uganda and the European Union are going to train additional 750 Somali troops in southwestern Uganda.

Xinhua.

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