EU military mission to contribute to the training of Somali security forces

On 25 October 2018, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Council Decision to amend and extend a European Union military mission to contribute to the training of Somali security forces. 


The Sub-Committee agreed to hold the item under scrutiny and wrote to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, and asked him:

  • What specific results the EU military mission has brought about.
  • What the Minister’s assessment of the mission’s specific achievements is.
  • Whether the UK would be interested in participating in this mission as a third country after Brexit, if a closer level of co-operation cannot be agreed between the UK and the EU.
  • What plans the UK Government has made for its bilateral relations with Somalia after Brexit.

The Sub-Committee agreed to clear the item from scrutiny on 29 November 2018.

Letter from the Minister

Within his letter dated 14 November 2018, the Minister states that:

  • The Strategic Review found “some progress towards peace, stability and prosperity has been made” but multiple challenges remain and more needs to be done to build long-term stability and prevent significant political and security reverses. 
  • The UK’s future position in participating in the mission is subject to ongoing Future Security Partnership discussions and the broader Withdrawal Agreement negotiations. He will endeavour to update the Committee once the discussions have concluded. 
  • The UK will remain a leading partner for Somalia. The UK is one of the top three donors, with a broad range of engagement which includes considerable bilateral support for security sector reform. The UK is also the only EU Member State which maintains an Embassy in Mogadishu. The UK will continue this active engagement after Brexit and ensure the UK coordinates closely with EU partners in Somalia. 

For more detail, please see the Minister’s letter to the Sub-Committee below. 

Letters to the Minister

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