Deputy President William Ruto welcomes Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed when he called on the DP at his office in Nairobi. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
Kenya and Somalia today renewed their commitment in the fight against terrorism.
They said the purge against the Al-shabaab and the Al-Qaeda terror groups will be upped.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somali Prime Minister Abdiwelli Sheikh Ahmed gave an undertaking that their governments under the IGAD and AMISOM arrangement would defeat all terrorist groups and bring stability to Somalia.
Speaking at his office after holding bilateral talks with the Somali Prime Minister, Mr. Ruto said fighting terrorists does not require an explanation, apology nor justification.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed hold discussions at the DP's office. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
Mr. Ruto said Kenya’s aim of sending troops to join AMISOM in is to help bring stability to Somalia.
He lauded the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia for their tremendous contribution to the management and stabilization of Somalia noting that piracy that was rampant along the Somali/Kenya coast was now under control.
“Indeed because of improved stability in Somalia, Kenya would be setting up an embassy in Mogadishu by June 2014 as a demonstration of the relationship and brotherhood that exist between our two countries,” he said.
Mr. Ruto disclosed that a tripartite arrangement between the Government of Kenya, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was facilitating the voluntary repatriation of the refugees.
"Already some 80,000 Somali refugees have voluntarily gone back to their country to engage in reconstruction."
Mr. Ahmed said his government was committed to working closely with Kenya to create a more secure environment in the region where business can thrive.
"We are committed to clearing Al Shabaab from Somalia and will work closely with Kenya to accomplish this mission," he said.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed held a press conference at the DP's office. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
He praised Kenya for supporting Somalia since the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, noting that other than hosting close to a million refugees, Kenya had offered opportunities to Somali business people to work in Kenya and provide livelihood for themselves and to people back home in Somalia.
The PM appealed to Kenya to help Somalia build institutions with capacity to run a government that can provide security and social amenities to its people especially in areas that were now safe.