by Chrispinus Omar
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is preparing to
host Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi, known as
Farmajo, who will visit the country on March 23, a Kenyan official
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said
Nairobi was eager to explore opportunities for cooperation with
Somalia on an urgent basis and to conclude diplomatic agreements on
"The question of Somali’s security and stability is one (subject)
that will be discussed when President Mohamed Abdullahi makes his
first state visit to Kenya on Thursday," Esipisu told reporters.
Kenya plans to conclude an agreement with Somalia on political
consultations between their foreign ministries, and Esipisu said the
two sides also underscored the urgent need to conclude an agreement
to enhance cooperation on immigration.
Kenya also wants to engage Somalia on the modalities of
immigration cooperation and on a new comprehensive border management
Kenya is currently building a wall along its common border with
Somalia to stem the flow of militants bent on causing havoc to its
Esipisu said Nairobi was also aiming to conclude an agreement
with Somalia on police cooperation and training of the Somali Police
during Farmajo’s state visit.
Kenya has deployed an estimated 5,000 troops in Somalia to help
stop the advance of the Al-Shabaab.
Kenyan officials said the militant group remained a threat and a
destabilizing factor in the country and the region.
"The threats of terrorism and piracy have not fully abated.
"Stabilization of the liberated areas and to ensure their
effective governance remains of critical concern," the State House
The two leaders are scheduled to discuss the pending withdrawal
of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) slated to begin in
Kenyatta said the withdrawal also means both sides need to scale
up the efforts to build the Somalia national security architecture
and strengthen the security apparatus to facilitate a smooth