In the shadow of a deadly attack by Al Shabaab militants on Kenyan police camps, which killed five and seriously injured another three early Friday morning, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni convened a Summit of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Kampala.

Al Shabaab has increased the number of attacks it has carried out in both Kenya and Somalia in the last few months, targeting both civilians and security forces.

Friday’s summit was convened within the framework of conclusions reached at a meeting in New York in September 2017 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

The New York summit was called to exchange views on the security situation in Somalia and the future of AMISOM following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2372 (2017) which outlined the phased reduction and withdrawal of AMISOM troops to make way for Somali National Security Forces.

Somalia topped Friday’s agenda as speakers discussed the role of the AMISOM in Somalia, a mechanism for sustainable and predictable funding for AMISOM plus inputs to the AMISOM transition plan.

Representatives of the African Union Commission, UN Secretariat, European Union Commission, regional and sub-regional organisations, and representatives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council took part.