22 June 2014

Kenya Offers More Support to Bolster Somalia

Nairobi — Kenya will undertake more measures to strengthen institutional structures of the government of Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said today.

President Kenyatta said Kenya has stood with the people of Somalia for the more than two decades they faced wars and will continue doing so.

The first of the new measures will be to help the transitional government of Somalia establish proper financial management systems, the lack of which has been an impediment for international donor support for the transitional government.

The President spoke when he met the Prime Minister of Somalia Mr Abdiwelli Sheikh Ahmed at State House, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta revealed that as recently as Friday, he had discussed Somalia issues with European Union leaders who were in Nairobi for a meeting, but the EU ministers pointed out that the lack of financial management structures was an obstacle for aiding the country.

"Beginning today, our National Treasury will start supporting your government in setting up financial systems and this will help you meet all financial control standards," he said.

President Kenyatta said his Government would provide financial expertise and trainings to help the TFG of Somalia to establish institution that satisfy international standards.

The President also said that the opening of a Kenyan Embassy in Somalia will be fast-tracked so that it can strengthen the link between the two Governments. Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, is coordinating the establishment of the Embassy.

On the issue of security, President Kenyatta and the Somalia Prime Minister reached an agreement to have the intelligence service of the two countries work closely to effectively monitor and eliminate the threat posed by the Al Shabaab terror network.

The President said the intelligence sharing system will help in identifying those who mastermind and perpetrate terror activities.

"We need the intelligence to eliminate the enemies of humanity who have continued to cause suffering in our two countries and whose agenda is to make a whole community look guilty," he said.

President Kenyatta assured the Somalia Prime Minister that recent operations targeting illegal foreigners were never meant to single out Somalis but to bolster the security of the country.

The Somalia Prime Minister thanked Kenya for its support -both military and political- to his country over the years.

"We are very grateful and we know what the Kenyan troops in our country are doing for us" he said.

Abdiwelli said the TFG of Somalia knows that President Kenyatta was an honest and dependable friend.

"We have been told that whenever you meet your counterparts from all over the world you never finish your meetings before putting the agenda of Somalia on the table" he said.

Abdiwelli said Somalia was now getting back on its feet and they were now working on the federal blocks.

He said the biggest challenge they faced was the threat posed by terrorists and thanked Kenya for playing a significant role in reducing the strength of Al Shabaab by dislodging them from Southern Somalia.

Abdiwelli said they were ready to share intelligence with Kenya so that the two countries can fight terrorism from a common front.

The Prime Minister is set to visit the Dadaab refugee camp together with Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku.

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