Fresh from a successful 74th UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Administrative Secretary Hon. Ababu Namwamba, EGH arrived in Mogadishu on Tuesday to attend the Somalia Partnership Forum, where Somalia’s main donors discussed the country’s future.
While representing Kenya at Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu, Hon. Ababu clarified that Kenya will continue to take part in Somalia’s rebuilding, in spite of other challenges, saying that the country has always been a good neighbor and dependable brother which has always supported reconstruction of Somalia, with the 1st Transitional Government of H.E Abdulahi Yusuf made and hosted in Nairobi in 2004.
He added that Kenya is still committed to help rebuild Somalia, in the face of an ongoing bilateral row over the maritime boundary. “Somalia ties are steeped in a history of shared destiny. We owe it to our people to keep the ties alive.” He said
Hon. Ababu also held talks with Somalia Prime Minister H.E Hassan Ali Khaire in Mogadishu on bilateral issues of mutual interest to Kenya and Somalia while accompanied by Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia Gen. (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo and Mr John Kilonzi, the Director for Peace and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hon. Ababu Namwamba is the first senior government official to make an official visit to Somalia in nearly six months. Somalia has sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice, seeking to have the borderline redrawn. The case is due for public hearing on November 4.
CAS Ababu was received by Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia General (Rtd.) Lucas Tumbo, KDF officers and officials of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia.