The President of the Federal government of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo leading a delegation has travelled to Burundi after an official invitation from his Burundi counterpart.
President Farmajo and Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza will discuss strengthening and developing relations between the two countries and enhancing security cooperation.
Burundi which is one of the biggest AU countries contributing to peace and stabilization in Somalia and their troops are part of AMISOM’s peacekeeping force.
The delegation led by the President of Somalia is expected to hold a series of meetings to strengthen co-operation between the two countries and their shared interests with their Burundi counterparts.
The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to re-strengthening its relations with African countries, to address the challenges and constraints that are bestowed, and exchange experiences with the development of the state.
The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to the African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.
The AU made the request through a diplomatic document called a note verbale, requesting that the reduction be completed by February 28.
Burundi has the second-largest contingent in Amisom with 5,400 troops, after Uganda, which has 6,200 men. Other contributors are Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.