Somalia to halt Mogadishu Airport operations ahead of meeting on AU troop exit

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Somalia’s government said on Monday it will suspend operations of Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu ahead of meeting on the exit of African Union peacekeepers.

The defense ministers of countries contributing troops to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia are expected to meet in the Somali capital, discussing efforts to ensure that Somali troops take over security responsibility of the war-torn nation ahead of the pullout of ATMIS forces.

Djibouti’s foreign minister arrived in Mogadishu on Monday amid tight security and met with his Somali counterpart.

Local media reported that presidents of a number of troop contributing countries are expected to visit the Somali capital. The leader of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki whose government trains thousands of Somali troops is also said to be planning to pay his first visit to Somalia since Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was re-elected last year.

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