Djibouti and Ethiopia agree to eliminate al-Shabaab from Somalia

Published: February 8, 2015

Djibouti and Ethiopia agree to eliminate al-Shabaab from SomaliaThe leaders of Djibouti and Ethiopia have vowed to defeat extremist al-Shabaab rebels in Somalia, saying they are determined to ‘’push out’’ the militants from the regions in the war-ravaged nation that still remain under their control.
Djibouti president, Ismael Omar Guelleh, met Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desaleng, to discuss on the extremist group threat to the region.
Ethiopia and Djibouti have thousands of troops in Somalia who are part of the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM).
According to sources, both leaders agreed on pushing out al-Shabaab from the territories still under their control in Southern Somalia.
Al-Shabaab has lost large territories to the AMISOM forces and Somali troops following major offensives against them last year.
Ethiopia revealed is willing to send further troops to the strategic port town of Kismayo, which is some 500-km south of the capital, Mogadishu.
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