Djibouti will send additional troops to Somalia to join its contingent serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Speaker of Djibouti’s Parliament Idiris Arnaud Ali announced Wednesday (April 17th).
“Djibouti will reinforce its troops in Somalia soon to boost the security and stability there,” Ali said, according to Somalia’s RBC Radio. “Our forces are there to lend a hand to the rebirth of Somalia, and we are proud of that. Somalia is not alone since Djibouti is there.”
The deployment of Djiboutian troops is intended to prevent a security vacuum after the possible withdrawal of Ethiopian troops, which are not part of AMISOM. In March, al-Shabaab recaptured two towns after Ethiopian and Somali troops vacated them.