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President Kibaki welcomes Jakaya Kikwete to Nairobi on Tuesday/PPS

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Kikwete recognises Kenya’s role in Somalia transition

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“We also call upon the international community to make the best of the progress made towards peace in Somalia by supporting the reconstruction of the country,” he said.

The bilateral talks, the president said, also focused on shared commitment to bringing peace in the East African region and especially in Somalia among other areas of mutual benefit.

The two leaders also discussed at length the strong desire to promote and strengthen the East African Community, a body the two countries are strongly and faithfully committed to.

Also considered during the talks, was the promotion of food security and agricultural development, protection of the environment, management of shared ecosystems and enhancement of the Joint Commission for Cooperation framework between the two countries.

President Kibaki asked the relevant government agencies to jumpstart the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) framework to enhance cooperation among the various sectors of the two countries’ economies.

In a communiqué read by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Ongeri, the two leaders hailed the growing investment relations between Kenya and Tanzania and resolved to explore ways of enhancing shared prosperity in the spirit of the EAC and African integration.

Regarding security in the region, the two leaders agreed on the need to work closely together and with other countries in the fight against terrorism, piracy, and other transnational crimes threats in the Horn of Africa reiterating their commitment to safeguarding security, common values and other fundamental interests of the region.

(The Presidential Press Service contributed to this report)

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