Kenya reaffirms commitment to support Somalia
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday reaffirmed the country's
willingness to support Somalia in the reconstruction process.
in Mombasa on Saturday when he held talks with visiting Somali
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Kenyatta noted that a lot of progress
has been achieved to stabilize and pacify the Horn of Africa nation
under the leadership of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
they shared on the need to include all sectors of the State of Somalia
in the establishment of governance and other important programs to
stabilize the Horn of Africa country.
The two leaders agreed on
the need for orderly and timely return of Somalia refugees to their
motherland so that they too can be part of the reconstruction and
They also agreed on the imperative of
inclusivity and accommodation of all communities representing the
diverse Somali people in the effort to stabilize Somalia.
reiterated the important role of IGAD and proposed that IGAD focuses on
providing technical assistance and facilitation to the Somali government
of Somalia in implementing the stabilization processes.
process must nevertheless be led by Somali people themselves in
accordance with provisions of the Provisional Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Somalia," leaders said.
Kenyatta and Mohamud
also underscored the importance of a regional approach to managing the
two neighboring countries' bilateral and regional affairs.
that Al-Shabaab remains the greatest impediment to making further
progress, they emphasized the need for the region and the international
community to focus on fighting the militant group to secure Somalia and
Kenya blames the group for a string of attacks and
kidnappings in Kenya and says the kidnappings threaten tourism, a key
source of revenue for the country.
Al-Shabaab has been fighting
since 2008 to topple Somalia's weak central government. The group is
believed to have ties to Al- Qaida.
Mohamud emphasized on the
need to facilitate the establishment of local governance structures so
as to maintain stability in the liberated areas and help in the
coordination of humanitarian programs.
He also called on the
regional states and the international community to support IGAD so as to
play the role of providing technical support effectively.