Kenya urges inclusivity in Somalia

March 9, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 9 – President Mwai Kibaki has urged newly elected Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to reach out to all groups so as to including them in his government.

President Kibaki pointed out that the future development, peace and security of Somalia would only come about when the people of the country agreed to place their personal differences aside.

He assured the Somali President that Kenya would continue supporting peace efforts in Somalia and called for the operationalisation of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two countries launched in March 2008.

The Head of State made the remarks on Monday at a meeting with the Somali President who paid him a courtesy call at his Harambee House office.

President Kibaki congratulated President Sheikh Ahmed on his election by a parliament that now had more members drawn from a broader range of stakeholders.

The Somali President briefed President Kibaki on the recent political developments in Somalia, particularly the formation of the government and appraised him on his road map to stabilise Somalia.

"We will speak to those who want peace in our country," said the Somali leader.

President Sheikh Ahmed was accompanied by his Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Omaar, Finance Minister Shariff Hassan Aden, National Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden, Defence Minister Mohammed Abdi Gandi, Water and Mineral Resources Minister Abdullah Boos and Post and Telecommunication Minister Abdirizak Jurille.

President Sheikh Ahmed was elected President of Somalia on January 31 this year following the resignation of President Abdullahi Yusuf.


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