Addis Ababa, 31 January 2014 (WIC)– Ethiopia has yesterday begun transporting military logistics to its forces that joined the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Ethiopian forces officially joined the AMISOM in January 22, 2014.
Ethiopian Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, said at an event organized in connection with the commencement of the operation that Ethiopian force will make big difference in boosting the security force of AMISOM.
Ethiopian forces have rich experience in peacekeeping mission so they will confidently and efficiently discharge their responsibility in that country, he said.
“We have confidence in our defense forces’ ethics, ability and sense of responsibility,” he said. “I ‘m sure they will assist our Somali brother to gain peace and stability.”
Ethiopian forces have been operating in neighboring Somalia for several years, helping the UN-backed government fight the al-Qaeda-aligned al-Shabab group.
“It is well known that Ethiopia has been helping Somalia in eliminating the extremists who pose serious threat to the country. Somalia is relatively gaining peace now,” he said.
Ethiopian forces joined AMISOM based on the requests from Somali AU, UN and the government of Somalia.
“Ethiopia has never refused any peace call from any sides and we are marching to Somalia respecting the call and to play our responsibility,” he said.
Logistics Main Department Head at the Ethiopian Minister of Defense, Major General Ibrahim Abduljedid, on his part said Ethiopian forces have received the necessary training.
According to him, 157 vehicles will be deployed to Somali to transport the necessary military equipment.
Ethiopia is the fourth country in contributing peace keeping forces in the world.
Source : Walta information center