The Minister of Defense of the Somali government, Mr. Abdulqadir Mohamed Noor, who held a press conference in Mogadishu, said that the first part of the troops that have completed their training in Eritrea have arrived in the country today.
Minister Abdiqadir said that JFS President Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud has made a lot of efforts to bring the troops back to the country, so that they can participate in the ongoing operations, noting that in the coming days, the remaining troops in Eritrea will be completed.
Mr. Abdiqadir Mohamed Noor also said that the arrival of these forces is a good opportunity for operations against the Khawarij, and it will further expand the defeat that has been achieved in recent months.
The troops who arrived in Mogadishu were welcomed at the Aden Adde airport by government officials and military officers.
Somali and Eritrea’s Support
President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is on a four day working visit to Eritrea, presided over a military parade by members of the 5000 Somalia National Army who completed their 3-year military training in Eritrea.
President Hassan congratulated the trainees completing a rigorous training program and underlined contributions they are expected to make in bolstering the Somali National Army. Eritrea’s President has for his part expressed Eritrea’s honor and pride in the endeavor that reflected special and historic bilateral ties.
“Eritrea feels honored and proud to contribute in the training and build up of the Somali national army,” President Isaias said.
The Commander of the trainees explained that they have been provided with adequate military training and gained experience from the people of Eritrea on building one and united country and that they are ready to discharge their national obligation.