, MOGADISHU, Somalia, Mar 14 – President Mwai Kibaki has sent a special message to Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
In the message delivered on Wednesday in Mogadishu by Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula, President Kibaki underscored the need for a regional initiative to resolve the re-emergence of dispute between Sudan and South Sudan that is threatening to develop into a fully fledged conflict.
President Kibaki’s move to urge IGAD member states to work together in ensuring regional peace follows a request made by South Sudan President Salva Kiir for Kenya’s intervention to have a regional summit to discuss the hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan. The two countries are members of IGAD.
President Kibaki has in the past sent similar messages to other IGAD member states including Uganda and Ethiopia.
The special message was received on behalf of the Somali President by the acting Somali President, who is also the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan and the Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali.
Receiving the special message from President Kibaki, the acting Somali President and the Somali Prime Minister pledged their full support to Kenya’s peace initiatives not only in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan but also in the whole region.
The meeting also discussed the post-London conference on Somalia where Foreign Minister Wetangula urged Somalia to embrace an all inclusive approach that would ensure lasting peace in the troubled Horn of Africa nation.
The Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Constitution Implementation Committee in Parliament Abdikadir Mohamed and Zadok Syongo, a Senior Advisor on Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.