Kenya Lobbies Mahama Over Somalia

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Prez Mahama and Kenyan envoy

Prez Mahama and Kenyan envoy

President John Dramani Mahama has accepted a request from Kenya to champion their cause for an expansion of Amisom troops at this week?s African Union (AU) Summit, noting that peace and security remain vital to the growth of the continent.

Kenya?s Deputy President, William arap Ruto, in a discussion with President Mahama in Accra on Sunday, said that his country wants the Amisom troops in Somalia expanded.

The security situation in Somalia which continues to threaten Kenya because of the porous border between the two continues is negatively affecting security in Kenya.

Minister for Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga told journalists after a closed door meeting between President Mahama and Mr. Ruto that the Kenyans are eager to see a Somalia that is stable in order to reduce the threats on its security.

Former President Jerry Rawlings, who is serving as AU?s Special Envoy to Somalia, has been working tirelessly to manage the situation there.

In addition to the security threats, Kenya is also facing other challenges including hosting a high number of Ethiopian refugees.

The two leaders also discussed constraints to increased intra African trade and agreed that the continent?s leaders must work to improve trade among countries on the continent.

Present at the meeting were Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Regional Integration, Hanna S. Tetteh.

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