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Somalia: Puntland to contribute 3000 soldiers to Somali National Army to fight Al Shabaab


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By Estera Popowska
In a bilateral agreement signed Sunday between Federal Government of Somalia and the northeastern state of Puntland, Puntland has agreed to contribute 3000 troops to Somali National Army (SNA) to help fight Al Shabaab militants who are largely in central and southern Somalia.

The a bilateral agreement was reportedly sealed after a two-day long rigorous talks in the state capital of Garowe on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

Federal Government of Somalia and the northeastern state of Puntland, Puntland reportedly said, from now on they have a unified standpoint on Somalia’s framework for action (vision 2016), unveiling a follow-up conference that will bring National Government and Federal Member States together in April in Garowe.

“Parties acknowledged the establishment of effect-wielding commissions with the prior knowledge of Puntland,” stated the bilateral agreement.

Somalia Federal Government and Puntland also agreed on the honoring of two-party agreement signed by former Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed and Puntland President on October 14, 2014 (Source: Garowe online)

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