The African Union mission in Somalia has been extended by the United Nations.

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The UN Security Council approved a resolution extending the authorization of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) for a period of six months until June 30, 2024.

Resolution 2710, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, authorizes African Union member states to deploy up to 17,626 troops to ATMIS until December 31, 2023, and to complete phase 2- a reduction of 3,000 soldiers.

Resolution 2710 requests the federal government of Somalia and the African Union to conduct a joint technical assessment by March 31, 2024, to assess phase 2 of mitigation and identify lessons to inform mitigation planning. ATMIS.

The Security Council also unanimously approved on Wednesday a resolution approving a technical move to impose sanctions on Somalia until December 1, 2023, to allow more time to negotiate a permanent extension of the restrictive measures.