Somali military officers attend a training programme by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at their military base in Mogadishu, Somalia November 1, 2017. Picture taken November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Somalia should accelerate reforms of its army, its main foreign backers said Wednesday after discussing slow progress in transforming the graft-ridden force into one capable of fighting al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab militants.The statement from a donor summit in Brussels urged Somalia to work faster to address problems identified in a report last year by the government, the United Nations and the African Union (A.U.).That report called the Somali National Army (SNA) a "fragile force with extremely weak command and control", and comes as A.U. peacekeepers prepare for their departure in 2020, leaving the local military in charge of Somalia's security.Such funds could lessen Somalia's dependence on less predictable or transparent funds that often come with political conditions.Tensions between the federal government and provincial administrations have escalated this year amid a row involving Gulf nations whose problems have spilled into Somalia.
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