Newly appointed AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh being welcomed by Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira yesterday in Mogadishu Somalia.

The new force commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh has formally assumed office. Lt. Gen. Soubagleh who replaces Lt. Gen. Jonathan Rono arrived in Mogadishu yesterday to take up his duties.

The force commander met with the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, who noted that his arrival comes at a critical time for the Mission.

Amb. Madeira said “Gen. Soubagleh is coming at a moment when we have just revised the AMISOM concept of operations for 2016 and I am glad that he did fully participate in the deliberations that led to the adoption of the same. Now that the concept of operations has entered into force” he said adding “He is the Commander-In-Chief when it comes to its implementation,” Ambassador”

He highlighted the forthcoming electoral process in Somalia as one of the key priority areas, to which the new Force Commander will have to pay particular attention and provide the required leadership to ensure that all stages of the electoral process take place in a conducive and secure environment.

Gen. Soubagleh has previous experience working with the African Union Mission in Somalia, having served as AMISOM Chief of Military Staff between 2012 and 2013.

Before his appointment as Force Commander, he regularly participated in meetings of the Joint Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) of AMISOM, on behalf of Djibouti.

Ambassador Madeira wished Gen. Soubagleh success in his new mission at the service of our continent.