The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Madeira yesterday awarded medals of recognition to two senior European Union officers for their distinguished service in Somalia.
The two officers, who have completed their tour of duty, are Brigadier General, Pietro Addis, the outgoing Head of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia and Political Advisor, Jean Michelle Detarguiette.
Ambassador Madeira thanked the officers for their contribution to the AU Mission and wished them well in their next assignments.
The SRCC underscored the special relationship that exists between the EU and AMISOM, adding that the 28-member trade bloc has been a strong supporter of Somalia’s stabilization process.
“The certificate of recognition is for the good work you have done for AMISOM and for the Somalis,” he said.
The career soldier who was deployed to head the EUTM in Mogadishu on July 1, 2017, thanked Ambassador Madeira for the cordial relationship the EU and AMISOM have enjoyed under his leadership.
“We greatly benefited from your support and we thank you very much as a family,” said Brigadier General Addis.
Mr. Detarguiette echoed his colleague’s remarks, saying AMISOM personnel had made major sacrifices to ensure peace and security is restored in Somalia.
European Union is one of AMISOM’s major donors with more than 1.5 billion euros allocated over the past 10 years through the African Peace Facility (APF).