UK’s Development Minister meets with Somalia president
Somali and AMISOM officials have stated that the next major offensive against the militants -- known as Operation Indian Ocean -- could start up in the coming months, and will push to take more key areas from the group.
The last offensive, Operation Eagle, was able to liberate at least ten towns from al-Shabaab. However, AMISOM said the beginning of the rainy season in April slowed operations in May, which were further put on hold during the month of Ramadan.
Operation Indian Ocean was due to start immediately following the previous assault, but lack of resources and funding contributed to its delay, according to AMISOM
UK Minister Mitchell praised the Somali government and its people for their courage and commitment to fight against Al-Shabaab and progress in debt relief through economic reforms.