Somalia’s PM leaves for landmark trip to Kenya

Somali PM

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble left for a landmark visit to Kenya on Tuesday, with the Somali foreign minister saying that the trip is designed to further improve relations between the neighboring countries, months after Qatar-sponsored mediation led to a thaw in their diplomatic ties.

Mohamed Hussein Roble, accompanied by a delegation of ministers and other government officias flew from Adan Adde international airport to make his first visit to Kenya since he was appointed to office last year.

His visit follows a formal invitation by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta to visit the country and is due to meet the Kenyan leader in the coastal town of Mombasa, the Somali minister of foreign affairs Mohamed Abdirizak told a press conference in Mogadishu.

The prime minister is also expected to hold meeting with members of the Somali community in Nairobi.

It comes days after Kenyan foreign minister Raychelle Omamo arrived in the capital Mogadishu and met with the prime minister to discuss bilateral issues. She also paid a courtesy call on the president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, according to Mr Abdirizak, hours after he had barred the government from signing local and international agreements in a decree issued on Saturday night.

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