MOGADISHU [SMN] – Somali PM Hamza Abdi Barre visited the Eritrean-trained recently repatriated to the country at General Gordan military base in the capital on Saturday.
The prime minister said the homecoming of the troops was something that shined the hopes of the families, government, and the people of Somalia at large after years of uncertainty surrounding their whereabouts.
Barre instructed the soldiers to be ready for the fight with Al Shabaab in the near future.
“I welcome your return. The government is mobilizing to deploy you to the frontlines to liberate your country and free the remaining territories,” added the PM.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh last week paid a tour to the troops in Mogadishu after he made two trips to Eritrea in 2022 after his election in May to facilitate their repatriation.
During one of these visits in mid-July, Somalia and Eritrea signed a seven-point MoU furthering cooperation in several key sectors, including trade, investment, water security, agriculture, fisheries, health, and education.
The first group of the 5000 Eritrean-trained recruits arrived at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport on December 21.
The Somali government has not confirmed the exact number of recruits repatriated.