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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Welcomes Somali Troops Back from Eritrea Training

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2023

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Welcomes Somali Troops Back from Eritrea Training

  •  17th October 2023
    • Mogadishu, Tuesday October 17,2023 – In a momentous occasion, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, received a group of Somali troops at the Somali National Army’s Air Force Base in Mogadishu. These soldiers had recently completed a military training in Eritrea and are set to join ongoing operations aimed at eradicating security threats, notably from the Al-Shabaab militant group.

      President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who had previously visited Eritrea and praised the collaboration between the two nations, expressed his utmost confidence in the capabilities of these troops. He emphasized that their commitment and dedication would be instrumental in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

      Addressing the troops, President Mohamud stated, “We have kept our promise to you and your parents. Now you have to keep yours and fight against Al-Shabaab. I trust that you will do so, God willing.”

      The President commended the soldiers for their unwavering dedication, some of whom had spent years abroad, far from their families and homeland. He recognized the sacrifices made by these troops and the concerns of their parents, many of whom had anxiously awaited their return for an extended period.

      In addition to land forces, the troops included air and sea units, showcasing the comprehensive training and preparedness to tackle a variety of security challenges.

      President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to the event is said to be a demonstration of his commitment to the national security of Somalia but also signified the unity and determination of the Somali people to eradicate the Al-Shabaab threat.

      After welcoming the troops, President Mohamud granted them a brief leave to reunite with their families, who had been waiting anxiously for their return. However, their respite will be short-lived as they will soon embark on critical operations aimed at eliminating the menace of Al-Shabaab from their homeland.

      This event marks a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to strengthen and reform the Somali Armed Forces, further bolstering the nation’s security.


      Mogadishu, (SONNA) – In a momentous occasion, The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud personally welcomed the returning troops who were on training for five years in Eritrea.

      “I have today received our brave troops who returned home from Eritrea to scale up our relentless efforts to eliminate Kharajite terrorists. Their reassuring courage fills me with belief, along with every other Somali that our homeland’s liberation for a lasting peace is imminent,” President Mohamud said in post in X platform formally known as Twitter.

      The President’s visit to the Air Force’s Headquarters marked a significant milestone in the repatriation of these dedicated soldiers.

      Addressing the troops, President Hassan expressed his deep appreciation for their unwavering commitment and sacrifices. He said, “You have paid a price higher than that of ordinary soldiers. You endured hardships and suffering, and it is our duty to offer you a brief respite to reunite with your friends and families, to ease their hearts, and to convey that you left for the country’s cause and have now returned to safeguard our homeland.”

      In a move to honor their service, the President announced that the troops would be granted one month of leave, allowing them to reconnect with their loved ones and providing them with a well-deserved break. Additionally, the government pledged to provide bonuses to support the soldiers’ travels within the city, recognising the sacrifices made by these brave men to defend their nation. This gesture reaffirms the government’s commitment to the welfare of its troops and their vital role in preserving national interests.

      By: Ahmed Hassan