Turkey Exempted From UN Arms Embargoes in Somalia

Somali troops complete commando basic training in Isparta, Turkey, in August 2022. PHOTO: TURKEY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE.

Turkey is one of the countries exempted from the United Nations Security Council arms embargo in Somalia due to the country’s military training and support to the Horn of African nation, according to the UN resolution.

The embargo was imposed 30 years ago after Somalia descended into civil war and the ban was extended to another year last week due to the continued Somali militant group Al-Shabaab threat to the country and the region.

The United Nations Security Council resolution prohibits countries from delivering weapons, military equipment, and financing. The ban exempts military training and other technical support the Somali national army needs.

The exemption also applies to the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, the African Transition Mission in Somalia, and the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Turkey reached an agreement on military training and technical cooperation with Somalia in 2010.

In the last 15 years, Al-Shabaab has waged war against the Somali government and foreign troops, killing thousands. The group has vowed to continue fighting until the international forces leave the country.