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EU approves 116 mln USD to boost security in Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia | Xinhua | The European Union has approved 110 million euros (about 116.6 million U.S. dollars) for stabilization efforts in Somalia battling al-Shabab terrorists across the country.

The EU said it will add 90 million dollars to the resources already mobilized for African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) for 2023 and 26.6 million dollars for the Somali National Army (SNA).

“Both actions aim at contributing to the handover of security responsibilities from ATMIS to the SNA, by allowing the former to fulfill its mandate while strengthening the capacities of the latter,” the EU said in a statement issued Thursday evening.

It also said the agreed support will mostly contribute to the troop allowances of the African soldiers deployed for stabilization efforts in Somalia, stressing that the funds for the SNA will focus on the provision of non-lethal equipment and on infrastructure works, in close coordination with the European Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM-S).

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