An EU military training mission in Somalia, under Irish command, is to remain in place for another two years. The Council of the European Union said the mission would continue to contribute to the strengthening of the Somali armed forces to prepare them to ultimately take over security responsibilities there.
The mission is currently based at Bihanga in neighbouring Uganda but, depending on security considerations, is due to move into the Somalian capital Mogadishu in the coming weeks.
EU representative Catherine Ashton said the mission had provided great assistance to the Somalian armed forces.
"All those, who have been trained by EU military experts, make a real difference on the ground," she added.