African Union, Horn of Africa

AU Special Representative joins the people of Somalia in commemorating the 56th Independence Day

PRESS RELEASE/Mogadishu, July 6th 2016 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, wishes all Somali nationals a happy and prosperous Eid al-fitr.

Ambassador Madeira thanks all Muslims for their prayers, love and kindness during the holy month of Ramadan.

“Eid al-Fitr marks the end of a holy month of fasting, prayer and spiritual renewal. This time of self-reflection reminds us of the critical values of humankind, among them, charity, mutual tolerance, community, co-operation and compassion,” said Ambassador Madeira.

Ambassador Madeira urged Somalis to continue upholding the spirit of love and reconciliation to achieve the common goals of peace, stability and prosperity.
Since 2007, AMISOM has made gains that are helping secure Somalia. Together with the Somali National Army they have pushed Al-Shabaab, the jihadist insurgency group, from all key towns in Somalia. AMISOM is working with the Federal Government of Somalia in strengthening state institutions, ensuring their presence in most parts of the country, including the police and the military, and in empowering the Somali security forces to take over the security responsibility of Somalia.
“I urge all peace-loving Somalis to continue praying for the country and work together with the Federal Government of Somalia and AMISOM to help the country overcome its present predicament and achieve peace and stability,” said Ambassador Madeira.
The forthcoming elections later this year will be a major step forward in the political transformation of Somalia. AMISOM and the international partners will continue supporting Somalia in its effort to achieve the dividends of peace and universal suffrage by 2020.
Despite the challenges the country is currently facing, the future is surely bright. Eid Mubarak to all.

For more information
Lt Col Joe Kibet – Force Spokesperson, Gaffel Nkolokosa – Public Information Officer,
Email: or
Cell phone: (Somalia) +252 699 563 476 / +252 617 682 175 / +252 699 240 948;
(Nairobi) +254 728 701 222 / +254 700 333 415



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