Uhuru Strikes Deal With Somalia President in Exclusive Meeting

  • Presidents Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Uhuru Kenyatta. File
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, November 14, made a crucial decision concerning its relations with Somalia.

    In a statement issued to newsrooms, Uhuru and Somali President Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed, agreed to normalise the ties between the two countries.

    The decision was made in a closed-door meeting that took place on the sidelines of the just-concluded ICPD25 summit in Nairobi.

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    Presidents Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Uhuru Kenyatta.

    "Kenya and Somalia have today agreed to normalise bilateral relations starting with the restoration of the issuance of travel visas on arrival arrangement for citizens of the two nations," the presser read in part.

    This decision was aimed at enhancing the free and unhindered movement of people and commerce between Kenya and Somalia.

    Uhuru and Mohamed also agreed to explore avenues of strengthening bilateral and diplomatic ties between Nairobi and Mogadishu for the benefit of the citizens of the two nations.

    The Somali President also expressed gratitude to Uhuru for the hospitality the country continues to accord Somali refugees.

    On September 25 Uhuru backed down on the long-standing feud between Kenya and Somali. The decision was reached in the US after the two Presidents met.

    The two heads of states agreed to normalise ties without any effect on the maritime border case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    This comes after the ICJ postponed the Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute case following an application by the Kenya government, which sought time to recruit a new defence team.