, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – Somalia President Sheikh Mohamud says his country is ready to receive Dadaab refugees.
President Mohamud who was on a three-day official visit assured the refugees of inclusion in the process of state building, peace building and national reconciliation.
The Somalia President said they are working together with the Kenyan Government to make sure that the repatriation process is done in a manner that is humane and dignified as per the Tripartite Agreement.
“Somalia needs its people back home a process which has to end in a smooth, friendly and amicable manner,” said Mohamud.
The Somalia President and President Uhuru Kenyatta also discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues in particular peace, security and stability in Somalia, repatriation of refugees from Dadaab and economic cooperation.
On bilateral cooperation, the two leaders directed the immediate convening of the Joint Commission for Co-operation to follow up on its implementation particularly on joint border crossing and security, trade and investment, health, education, sports and youth, culture and scientific research and communication.
They also called upon the international community in line with the principles of burden sharing, to support the repatriation process by providing adequate support to the Federal Government of Somalia to receive the returnees.
President Kenyatta said the discussions held were cordial and fruitful adding that the government will continue to support and work with Somalia Government on issues of mutual interest given the fact that both countries share an extensive border.
He also accepted an invitation to visit Mogadishu extended to him by Mohamud, stating that he looked forward to the visit together with IGAD and work together in ensuring a peaceful stable Somalia.