Somalia confirms arrival of new troops from Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi Post-ATMIS mission

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Somalia’s National Security Advisor, Hussein Sheikh Ali, has confirmed that new troops from Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi will arrive in Somalia after the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) exits the country by the end of December 2024.

During a Twitter Space event on Friday night, the Security Advisor emphasized that Ethiopian troops will not be part of the AU-led forces operating in the country once the ATMIS mission ends.

Somalia is currently in discussions with international partners regarding the deployment of multinational forces in the country for one year, commencing in January 2025. However, the name of the new mission and the exact number of troops are yet to be finalized.

Diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Somalia have deteriorated significantly since January 1, when Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Somaliland administration. The agreement allows Ethiopia sea access and a military base in exchange for potential recognition of Somaliland.

The Somali government rejected the agreement and, in April, expelled the Ethiopian ambassador to Somalia, Muqtar Mohamed, and ordered the closure of the Ethiopian consulates in Somaliland and Puntland.