Omar NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Somali President
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed began his first state visit to
Kenya on Thursday ahead of a special summit on the
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to be
held on Saturday.
Mohamed was received by Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the two learders held
one-on-one talks before they led their delegations in
bilateral talks aimed at bolstering cooperation between
the two countries.
Kenyatta is expected to impress on the
need to reinvigorate efforts to scale up collaboration
in areas such as security, trade and investment, civil
aviation as identified during the inaugural session of
the Joint Commission for Cooperation that was held in
Nairobi in July 2015.
The Kenyan leader is also expected to
speak on the importance for technical teams to convene
to review the implementation status of the Joint
Commission for Cooperation, in particular to conclude
the proposed instruments of cooperation.
Last month, President Kenyatta
attended the inauguration of President Mohamed in
Mogadishu and pledged Kenya’s continued support to the
Horn of Africa country.
The Kenyan leader assured the new
Somali president that Kenya would remain steadfast in
supporting efforts that would bring peace and stability
State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu
said on Sunday that Kenya and Somalia enjoy warm and
cordial relations founded on trust, cooperation and
“We share common heritage and our
views converge on many regional and international
issues. Our common endeavour for durable peace,
viable stability and sustainable development for
both our peoples and region continue to underline
the necessity for our mutual cooperation,” Esipisu
He said Kenyatta would also speak to
the fact that AMISOM draw-down is scheduled to begin in
2018 and that this would require scaling up efforts to
build Somalia’s national security architecture and
strengthen the security apparatus to facilitate a smooth
Kenya will host an IGAD Summit on
Saturday, whose focus would be on Somali refugees and
the need to create a conducive environment for them to
feel safe to return and develop their country.