Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday received in an audience the High AU Representative in Somalia and former Ghanaian leader, Jerry Rawlings, and the head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Boubakar Diarra, according to reports on the Burundian National Radio.
The reports said Rawlings, Diarra and Nkurunziza discussed logistical and human support needed by AMISOM for the good conduct of its mission in Somalia.
Burundi currently has five military battalions deployed to the AMISOM operations and could send more troops provided there are sufficient logistical and financial guarantees, according to official sources.
The visit by AMISOM officials is taking place less than one month after the death of at least 10 Burundian soldiers in the fight against the El Shebaab for the control of Mogadishu.
Uganda also has troops at AMISON, joining Burundi and the AU in efforts to restore peace and stability in the the Horn of Africa State, which has been gripped by civil war for over two decades.
Backed by these troops, the Somali government forces have been able to re-take control of almost the entire Mogadishu, the Somali capital, from El Shebaab militiamen.
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