134 Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers graduated from a UK-led military training center in Baidoa, the capital of South West State in Somalia.
The pass-out ceremony was attended by senior government officials the South West President, Abdiaziz Hassan Lafta Gareen, UK ambassador, Ben Fonder, The commander of the SNA in Southwest state, Brigadier General Osman and officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
“The UK is committed to helping build the capacity of the Somali National Army and Somali Police Force so that you will eventually be able to assume full responsibility for the nation’s security.” Said UK ambassador.
The training which commenced in November is part of the UK’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of Somali security forces.
During the graduation ceremony, the Somali National Army recruits demonstrated the combat skills that they have acquired over the past two months which will help them in their efforts to deliver peace and security in the country.
The training has equipped the soldiers with vital skills, including training in field-craft, leadership, human rights, first-aid treatment, patrolling and the delivery of defensive operations to enhance their current capabilities.
Since January 2017, the UK has delivered training to over 900 SNA soldiers. The training has focused on medical skills, leadership development, equipment care, logistics and the rule of law.