China donates military vehicles and equipment to Somalia

According to a tweet from the Chinese embassy in Somalia, China has donated nearly $5 million worth of military hardware, including vehicles, to Somalia. The vehicles and equipment were handed over on March 18 during a ceremony at the Port of Mogadishu.
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Handover ceremony in Mogadishu (Picture source: Chinese embassy in Somalia)

The Chinese Ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shengchao, transferred five water bowsers, five fuel trucks, 20 offroad trucks, five high-mobility field ambulances and 22 metal/mine detectors to Somalian Defence minister Abdikadir Mohamed Nur Jama. The Commander of Somalia’s military, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, said additional equipment will be delivered by China.

China’s handover of equipment to Somalia came as the new Special Envoy for Horn of Africa Affairs of China, Ambassador Xue Bing, also visited Somalia. He met with President Mohamed Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble.