bar1wEU Foreign minister meeting in Brussels resolved to extend the training calendar for the Somali security forces to December 2016.

The training is conducted by EU forces under the auspices of EUTM – Somalia and was first started in 2010.

Different sections of the Somali security forces benefitted from the training.

The initiative also provides strategic advice to the Somali defense ministry. More than 5000 security officers were trained since its inception.

A senior EU official who spoke at the event said that the initiative was aimed at preparing the Somali security forces for taking over the security of the country from their AU colleagues AMISOM.

The move comes at a time when Brigadier General Antonio Maggi has taken over the leadership mantle of EUTM – Somalia from Brigadier General Massimo

The training is conducted by EU forces under the auspices of EUTM – Somalia and was first started in 2010. Different sections of the Somali security forces benefitted from the training.

The initiative also provides strategic advice to the Somali defense ministry. More than 5000 security officers were trained since its inception. A senior EU official who spoke at the event said that the initiative was aimed at preparing the Somali security forces for taking over the security of the country from their AU colleagues AMISOM.

The move comes at a time when Brigadier General Antonio Maggi has taken over the leadership mantle of EUTM – Somalia from Brigadier General Massimo Mingaradi. The extension is expected to raise the number of personnel trained for Somalia to 7,000 officers.

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