Beletwyene, 28 June 2021 – Djibouti forces serving under the Africa Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM yesterday celebrated the country’s 44th Independence celebrations in Beletweyne, in the Hiraan region of Somalia, Djibouti gained its independence from France on June 27, 1977.
In a speech, the Djibouti AMISOM contingent commander, Col. Abdullahi Muse Omar, congratulated all Djibouti officers in AMISOM. “As Djiboutians, we are gathered here to celebrate the day our country gained its independence. Here in Somalia, I wish to congratulate the Djibouti Armed Forces for their continued sacrifice and contribution to AMISOM in the fight to degrade terror group, Al-Shabaab. I also wish to express immense gratitude to the residents of Hiraan and Galgadud regions for the cordial working relations with our forces,” said Djibouti AMISOM contingent commander, Col. Abdullahi Muse Omar.
The deputy governor of the Hiraan region in charge of social services, Hussein Osman Ali, asked the Djibouti AMISOM troops to intensify their fight against Al-Shabaab and support the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities in their areas of responsibility.
“Happy Independence Day to Djobouti. I salute AMISOM and the Djibouti troops for their effort to defeat Al-Shabaab and liberate areas from Al-Shabaab control. We have an excellent co-existence with you and we ask that you continue to offer humanitarian assistance to our communities and families in need,” said the deputy governor.
The event had a solemn moment when Deputy President of Hirshabelle State, Yusuf Ahmed Hagar, led a delegation to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier as a mark of respect to all the men and women of AMISOM who have paid the ultimate price in the pursuit of peace and security.
A Djibouti soldier, Awale Abdi Osman, said that commemorating his country’s independence had boosted the troops’ morale and made them appreciate the fact that they are on a noble quest for peace and security in Somalia.
“Although we are away from home, on a mission here in Somalia, this is a great day that is worth celebrating as it reminds us of how far we have come as a nation,” said Awale.
In a statement released earlier, the Head of AMISOM Ambassador Francisco Madeira, saluted the Djibouti Armed Forces for their contribution to the security, stability and peace process in Somalia.
“On behalf of the leadership of AMISOM, I congratulate the government and the people of the Republic of Djibouti on your 44th Independence Anniversary. Your contribution towards building a safe, secure and prosperous Africa is deeply appreciated and we are grateful for the contributions of your soldiers towards a secure Somalia,” the statement said, quoting Ambassador Madeira.
In AMISOM Djibouti Armed Forces are deployed along with other troop-contributing countries, including Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.