Mogadishu, July 1 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has today congratulated the government and the people of Somalia, on the occasion of the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary.

In his goodwill message, Ambassador Madeira said Somalia has traversed a long and sometimes very difficult road but it has been the resilience, hope and determination of its people that has kept the national flame alive and will steer the country towards a future of peace and prosperity. He urged Somalis to work closely together in rebuilding a great and prosperous Somalia.

“On behalf of AMISOM, I wish the Somali people and its Government at all levels a happy 61st Independence Anniversary and a bright and prosperous future. It is wonderful to see so many young Somalis passionately celebrating their country’s independence, for it is in them that the country’s future lies. Every country is built by the vibrancy and energy of its young people. Somalia has a bright future ahead of it, and we wish to once again reiterate our utmost support in helping the country achieve greatness. Soomaaliya ha noolaato, Long live Somalia,” said Ambassador Madeira.

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