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Kenya: UK Decides to Extend Invitation to Kenyata for London Conference On Somalia

Friday, May 03, 2013

UK Foreign Office Director General for Political Affairs, Simon Gass said on Wednesday (May 1) announced UK's decision to extend an invitation to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya so as to facilitate his attendance at the London Conference on Somalia.

The Director General announced the decision during his discussion with Ethiopia's State Foreign Minister, Ambassador Berhane Gebre Christos, in Addis Ababa where they discussed on a number of bilateral and regional issues with particular emphasis on recent developments in Somalia and on the preparations for the upcoming London Conference on Somalia.

Ambassador Gass thanked Ethiopia for its encouragement in inviting the newly elected President of Kenya, with the country being an important player in Somalia's current situation. Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros in his series of engagements with officials of the UN and UK expressed Ethiopia's belief as the chair of IGAD on the importance to engage very positively with Kenya over Somalia and has been pushing for the invitation of President Kenyatta to the London Conference.


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