On Wednesday afternoon, the EUCAP Nestor field office in Hargeisa was officially opened by the Head of Mission, Mr. Etienne de Poncins, who arrived from the mission’s HQ in Djibouti earlier that day.
On this occasion, the Head of Mission met with the Vice-President of Somaliland, Mr. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail Zeylai, who welcomed EUCAP Nestor in Somaliland and confirmed that the authorities will facilitate the work of the mission wherever they can.
“The excellent cooperation between Somaliland and EUCAP Nestor will be further enhanced thanks to a permanent presence of the mission in Hargeisa” said the Head of Mission during the courtesy call. “We will be able to run additional activities and trainings and coordinate more closely with our counterparts in the field of maritime security”.
While EUCAP Nestor activities and trainings with Somaliland regarding maritime security have been ongoing since some time, in the past they were carried out by mission staff based in Nairobi on board of EU Naval Force vessels. From now on, EUCAP Nestor will have police, legal and maritime experts deployed on a rotating basis to Somaliland in order to work together with their counterparts to design and run mentoring, advisory and training programmes in the area of maritime security and governance.
During his visit, the Head of Mission also met with other high level representatives from the Somaliland Government amongst them the Vice-Minister of Interior, Mr. Osman Garaad Soofe, and the Executive Director of the Counter-Piracy Coordination Office, Mr. Mohamed Osman Ahmed, to discuss further possibilities of cooperation.
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the Common Security and Defence Policy, that assists host countries in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region to develop a self-sustainable capacity for enhancement of the maritime security, including counter-piracy and maritime governance.