ADDIS ABABA, July 17, (Xinhua/GNA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday reaffirmed its determination to continue supporting the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Security Forces in their fight against the al-Shabaab in Somalia.
The statement, which came on the backdrop of the recent deadly attack in Somalia's port city of Kismayo that killed at least 26 people, was made by the Peace and Security Council of the AU following its meeting on Tuesday on the current peace and security situations in the Horn of Africa country.
While strongly condemning the attack, the Peace and Security Council reiterated its full support to the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and its personnel, and paid tribute to its troops and police contributing countries for the sacrifice they continue to make for the promotion of lasting peace and security in Somalia, an AU statement issued on Tuesday read.
It also "reaffirmed its determination to continue supporting AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their fight against the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia, with the support of the United Nations, through UN Security Council Resolution 2472" that was adopted in May this year.
The Council further expressed its "continued solidarity with the people of Somalia and encouraged the leadership of the country, both at the level of the federal government and the federal member states, to continue to work steadfastly towards lasting peace, reconciliation and development in Somalia," the statement read.