The U.S. Department of State has given two million U.S. dollars to the U.N. Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Trust Fund to enhance the fight against al-Shabab in the country.
In a statement issued today, the United States announced that this funding would be financed for transportation and in-theatre medical evacuations for Somali Security Forces, aligning with UNSOS’s mission.
The Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Shane Dixon, emphasized the crucial role of robust logistical support for Somali and ATMIS security forces in their battle against al-Shabaab.
“It is vital that Somali and ATMIS security forces have the strong logistical backing needed to defeat al-Shabaab on the battlefield. We are proud to support UNSOS, a key partner to the United States and Somalia, in our shared goal of advancing peace,” Dixon said.
The Head of UNSOS, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, underscored the significance of this contribution, stating, “This contribution comes at a pertinent time and will positively impact our activities in providing agile logistics support to Somali Security Forces. The U.N. Security Council mandates our support package, and priorities in implementing this support are set by the Federal Government of Somalia.”
Meanwhile, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the heads of the country’s security sector are currently in the Mahas district, overseeing extensive military operations to liberate Galmudug and Hirshabelle states. The President vowed that the military operations against al-Shabab will not stop until final victory is achieved.
UNSOS supports the joint operations by Somali Security Forces and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) in their efforts against al-Shabaab. UNSOS is currently mandated to support 15,900 Somali Security Forces concerning specific logistical needs.