The presidents of countries contributing troops to the ongoing African Transition Mission in Somalia are scheduled to gather in Uganda for a special summit.
The summit is slated to take place at State House Entebbe on April 27, 2023, according to the official report.
Amb. Julius Kivuna, the Head of the Ugandan Delegation of the Technical Officials from the TCCs to ATMIS, said the Heads of State Summit is a follow-up event of the meeting held during the United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC, from December 13–15, 2022.
During that meeting, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was requested to host another meeting of heads of state sometime in April by the President of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
“H.E. Hassan Mohamud requested H.E. YK Museveni to host an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Troop Contributing Countries to ATIMS, which include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda,” Amb. Kivuna said.
Amb. Kivuna said the objectives of the summit are to evaluate the achievements made in the implementation of the ATMIS mandate and to review the ATMIS drawdown plan in compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 26/70 (2022) and 26/28.
“Experts from TCCs and other partners will deliberate on the pertinent issues under ATMIS and, most importantly, will evaluate the achievements made in the implementation of the ATMIS mandate, said Amb. Kivuna.
According to Amb. Kivuna, different dignitaries from the troop contributing countries, the EAC Secretariat, and development partners from the UN, AU, EU, USA, UK, and IGAD, among others, are expected to attend the summit.