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Coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of the Sirte Declaration for the Establishment of the African Union

Coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of the Sirte Declaration for the Establishment of the African Union, Terrorist Groups Claim the Lives of Four AMISOM solders

“As a result of strong external support, terrorist groups in Somalia are challenging the African Union by attacking its mission” Okeil

Terrorist groups carried out an explosion today in Mogadishu, killing four soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and wounding several others, in a clear challenge to the African community. This bombing was on the same day of the 20th anniversary of the Sirte Declaration of the establishment of the African Union on September 9, 1999, which called for the unification of the African people and the establishment of the values of peace, justice and equality.

Ayman Okeil, President of Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights, stated that terrorist groups receive strong material, technological and logistical support from abroad, which leads to the twist of its terrorist operation and the increase in the number of victims, achieving the objectives of some countries in the region to ignite the conflict in Somalia through supporting different parties to the conflict at the same time. He added, targeting AMISOM troops was a challenge message from terrorist groups to AU and its governments.

Therefore, there is an urgent need for a regional and international mechanism to stop external interference in Somalia and the African continent in general. As well as preventing the support of terrorist groups in all forms, so that such groups will not find a safe haven or resources from which they can continue to carry out terrorist operations.

Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights is currently the North African Coordinator of the NGO Major Group, a member of the General Assembly of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council and Coordinator of Egyptian National Chapter of the African Union.

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