Delegation of the European Union to Morocco

New Commander of European Union training mission in Somalia

Bruxelles, 21/03/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160927_11
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On 21st March, the ceremony for the transfer of authority between EUTM Somalia Mission Commander Brigadier General Antonio Maggi (ITA) and Brigadier General Maurizio Morena (ITA) took place at EUTM Headquarters within the Mogadishu International Airport area.

High level representatives from Somali and International bodies attended the ceremony.  Abdalla Hussein Ali, Deputy Minister of Defence, General Abdirahman Sheikh Issa Mohamed, National Security Adviser to the Somali President, represented the Somali authorities while Honorable Hon Lydia Wanyoto Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia (SRCC) and Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Somalia and Major General Mohamedesha Zeynu, African Union Mission in Somalia Acting Force Commander were among the partners present during the Ceremony.

Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, Head of the EU Delegation to Somalia and General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee represented the European Union while General Marco Bertolini, Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Headquarters, conducted the Italian Delegation.

All the attending authorities that addressed the parade, expressed their gratitude for the efforts and achievements of EUTM Somalia in the strengthening of Somali institutions and to the buildup of a security and defence system, professional and accountable to the Somali Federal Government.

During the Ceremony, Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Somalia, Mr. Abdalla Hussein Ali, Deputy Minister of Defence and Brigadier General Antonio Maggi, signed the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) concerning a package support by European Union to rebuild the capabilities of the Somali Ministry of Defense.