Nairobi — Kenya and Ethiopia on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work closely in tackling terrorism, piracy, human trafficking and other organized crimes that continue to pose a challenge to security and peace in the region.
In a communique issued after holding bilateral talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in Nairobi, President Mwai Kibaki said the two governments are also working together to eradicate any form of threats to stability of the region and the horn of Africa.
The Ethiopian PM arrived in Nairobi for a 2-day visit in Kenya.
The leaders reviewed the progress made by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and noted with satisfaction that this successful operation had provided a unique opportunity to put an end to years of conflict and instability in the region.
"The destiny of Somalia rests first and foremost, in the hands of the Somali people themselves. We reiterate our commitment to continue working closely in supporting the government and people of Somalia in their quest for lasting peace and stability," they said.
In this regard they hailed the recent political developments in Somalia culminating in the formation of a new government and commended the Somalia President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamoud and his government for the progress made so far in restoring stability to Somalia."
The Horn of African nation has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process after decades of factional fighting and lawlessness, with a series of landmark steps in recent months that have helped to bring an end to the country's political transition period.