Mogadishu — African leaders agreed at IGAD's 22nd extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa on Friday that hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees living in Kenya and Ethiopia will be repatriated to Somalia, Garowe Online reports.
Leaders at IGAD's 22nd extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa agreed that the international community support "the initiative by the governments of Somalia and Kenya and UNHCR to convene an international conference on repatriation of Somali refugees to be held later this year".
According to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta - who attended the summit - the conference will be co-chaired on Somalia and Kenya will consult with Somali stakeholders on how to resettle Somali refugees safely and orderly.
After returning from Addis Ababa, President Uhuru said in statement that the Somali people needed to take part in reconstruction of Somalia.
"Urged for the people of Somalia to support and participate in the reconstruction and re-establishment of governance and social economic infrastructures," read the statement.
Spokesman for the Somalia Federal Government (SFG) Abdirahman Osman Yarisow welcomed all the agreed upon points which included the SFG leading the state building in Jubaland.
There are hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees living in Ethiopia and Kenya. Dadaab refugee camp in north eastern Kenya is home to close to half a million Somali refugees.