By NJ Correspondent:
Delegation led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his counterpart President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of Somalia held bilateral talks at State House on Thursday ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
President Farmaajo who arrived Kenya for a three-day state visit on Wednesday.
He was cordially welcomed with 21-gun salutes and guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Kenya Army while National anthems of Somalia and Kenya were played by the military band as a formal welcome ceremony.
At the bilateral talks, President Kenyatta overwhelmed on the need to reinvigorate efforts to scale up collaboration in mutual areas of interest identified during the inaugural session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation that was held in Nairobi in July 2015.
The areas the two leaders identified for cooperation include; security, civil aviation, trade and investment, education, agriculture, resources sharing and development, livestock development, fisheries, tourism, immigration, labour and health.
“This region and this continent are rising, together, we are coming closer and closer to the freedom, the security and the prosperity that our people deserve. But we will achieve that freedom, that prosperity, and that security, only if we each lift the other,” said President Uhuru.
“None of us can do it on our own: we will either rise together, or fall separately. If Somalia prospers, so does Kenya. If Somalia is peaceful, so is Kenya. It is up to us, then, to do all we can to help each other secure these goods for our people,” added Uhuru.
During the meeting Uhuru spoke on the importance for the technical teams involved to convene as soon as possible to review the implementation status of the Joint Commission for Cooperation and conclude the proposed instruments of cooperation.
Uhuru assured to the new Somali President that Kenya would remain steadfast in supporting efforts that would bring peace and stability in Somalia and pledged a continued support Somalia as well as Horn of Africa.
Somali president will be in the Country up to IGAD Summit which is anticipated to start on Saturday.
IGAD summit focuses on Somali refugees and the need to create a conducive environment for them to feel safe to go back and develop their country.
The summit will also review other regional security matters, with a focus on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.