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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Uhuru roots for common border post, better trade ties with Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he bade farewell to Gamal Hassan, outgoing ambassador of Somalia to Kenya, at State House, Nairobi, Tuesday May 1, 2017. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he bade farewell to Gamal Hassan, outgoing ambassador of Somalia to Kenya, at State House, Nairobi, Tuesday May 1, 2017. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is looking forward to opening a one-border post between Kenya and Somalia.

He said this will enablee citizens of the two countries to conduct legal trade hence earn revenue for the two nations.

Uhuru said at State House, Nairobi that he will work with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on the project.

"I look forward to opening one-border post either at Liboi or Mandera. This will encourage our citizens to conduct legal trade."

Uhuru said he was also keen to work with his Somali counterpart in encouraging formal trade between Kenya and Somalia.

"We need to work together to formalise the cross-border movement of our people," he added.

He said the two countries can overcome terrorism challenges facing the two nations if they maintain close ties.

The President said he is particularly keen to see more coordination between the two countries in promoting peace.

Uhuru spoke when he bade farewell to outgoing Somali Ambassador Gamal Hassan who has concluded his duties in Kenya.

Amb Hassan has been appointed a minister in the new federal government of Somalia.

"I want to assure President Mohamed that he has a friend here. I like his approach of prioritising security."

He said the two countries will be holding regular high-level meetings to enhance their cooperation.

"Somalia’s problem is our also our problem."

Amb Hassan thanked the President and the people of Kenya for making his tour of duty successful.


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