27 April 2013

Somalia: President Hassan Meets With President Kenyatta in Mombasa

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somali Federal Government (SFG) President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his brief visit to Mombasa, Kenya on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

Foreign Affairs Minister Fowzia Haji Yusuf Adam and State Minister of the Presidential Palace Farah Sheikh Abdiqadir accompanied President Hassan to the coastal city of Mombasa on Saturday.

In a press release after his second meeting with the newly elected Kenyan President Kenyatta discussed building prosperity in the region.

"We have had a very good bilateral discussion today concerning a wide range of issues of mutual interest. We have many shared interests and a determination to see the region continue to progress towards peace and prosperity," read the press the release that quoted President Hassan.

The two also discussed the threat of Al Shabaab and countering "the spread of their malignant ideology".

Kenya has been engaged in a battle against Al Shabaab in southern Somalia under the mandate of AMISOM since 2011.

The two heads of state also discussed the upcoming London Conference on Somalia being held in London next month. President Hassan stated that he briefed President Kenyatta on "the aims and objectives".

The upcoming conference is a follow up to last year's conference that was attended by heads of then Transitional Federal Government, Puntland, Somaliland and Galmudug and many foreign state leaders including U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Finally the two East African leaders discussed the returning of Somali refugees in Kenya which exceed half a million according to statistics from UNHCR.

President Hassan stated that two discussed Somali refugees returning to Somalia as soon as "preparations have been properly made".

According to SFG sources, President Hassan is expected to make his first trip to the capital of Puntland, Garowe, on Sunday to meet with President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole.

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