NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan and Djibouti leaders on Thursday pledged
to continue safeguarding peace and stability in the Horn of Africa
region, specifically in Somalia, under the aegis of regional bloc
and the African Union.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and
his Djibouti counterpart Omar Guelleh called for enhanced and
sustainable funding for the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
to facilitate the delivery of the Mission’s mandate.
"Both leaders noted that al-Shabab continues to pose significant
threat to Somalia and the region," they said in a joint communique
issued at the end of a three-day visit by President Guelleh in
Both Kenya and Djibouti are troop contributing countries under
AMISOM which has been fighting the militant group in the Horn of
The two leaders expressed concern at the continued lukewarm
international support for Somalia, in particular inadequate and
unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which threatens to roll back the
gains made thus far.
They committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable
support to AMISOM, including provision of force multipliers for the
Mission in Somalia, as well as training for the Somalia Security
"The leaders expressed deep concern at the effects of external
interests that are destabilizing Somalia further," they said.
Guelleh who arrived in Kenya on Tuesday and his host, Kenyatta,
also expressed their desire to see a faster pace in ongoing efforts
to restore peace in South Sudan.
They urged leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their
people above their own in order to give peace a chance.
South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 after
political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy
Riek Machar led to split within the SPLA, leaving soldiers to fight
alongside ethnic lines.
The 2015 peace agreement to end the conflict was weakened after
the outbreak of renewed fighting in July 2016.