Somali President Visits Kenya, Discusses Security and Bilateral Ties

Published: April 11, 2024

Nairobi, Kenya (HORSEEDMEDIA) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday for a one-day working visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two East African nations and addressing regional security challenges.

Mohamud was welcomed by Kenyan Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale upon his arrival. He then headed to State House for talks with Kenyan President William Ruto.

The two leaders discussed a range of issues during their meeting, including the development of bilateral ties, promoting regional stability, and enhancing joint efforts to combat terrorism and improve peace and security in the region.

“Kenya reaffirms its commitment to working with Somalia to further peace and security in the region for our shared prosperity,” the Kenyan presidency said in a statement. “Hosted President Hassan Mohamud of Somalia at State House Kenya, Nairobi and discussed joint initiatives to fight terrorism and general insecurity in the region.”

The militant group Al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, poses a major security threat to both countries. Mohamud thanked Kenya for its warm welcome, noting the historic cooperation between the two nations in confronting the Al-Shabaab menace.

“We are committed to eradicating Al-Shabaab terrorism which is a major challenge for the development and life of the people of the region,” Mohamud said.

The visit comes amid renewed efforts to bolster diplomatic and security partnerships in the Horn of Africa to address the region’s intersecting challenges of militant violence, political instability and humanitarian crises.