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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged IGAD member states to continue engaging Somalia proactively in order to sustain the stabilization efforts.

The President commended the leadership and people of Somalia for their determination to address the challenges confronting them, viagra http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-streams.php particularly incidences of violent extremism and terrorism.

President Kenyatta spoke Tuesday at the 28th IGAD Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Somalia’s capital, ambulance http://cnet-training.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/templates/buddypress/my-group-events.php Mogadishu.

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The special IGAD Summit, page http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130920/quickbooks.php that was attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, discussed the progress Somalia has made towards security and stability.

Officials told ChimpReports that leaders discussed ways of strengthening the country’s armed forces to fully take charge of national security.

President Kenyatta observed that holding the IGAD Summit in Mogadishu is an attestation of the confidence the region has on the Federal Government of Somalia and its progress towards the restoration of peace and stability.

He encouraged the Somali authorities to ensure the implementation of governance and state formation as envisioned in Somalia Vision 2016 as they head to elections next month.

President Kenyatta assured that the international community and partners are ready to support Somalia to ensure that the elections are held in a timely manner and in accordance to the will and wishes of the Somali people.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn, who is also the IGAD Chairman, said Somalia had made progress on the path of peace and stability but much more needed to be done.

“We are not there yet but IGAD is confident that its efforts will succeed in the complete restoration of peace and stability in Somalia,” the Ethiopian Prime Minister said.

The leaders were also briefed on the South Sudan peace process and the progress made so far by the IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim.

Kenya and Uganda have been at the forefront in efforts geared towards sustainable peace in South Sudan.

These efforts are driven by the fact that insecurity in South Sudan poses a serious threat to regional peace, security and stability.

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Neighboring countries including Kenya and Uganda have borne the heavy burden of the conflict including intensive flow of refugees, loss of investments and business as well as proliferation of illegal small arms and light weapons.

The meeting comes at a time when Somalis are preparing for the 2016 elections.

IGAD leaders expressed hope that the polls would be free and fair and conducted within the timelines.

IGAD further requested the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to provide all necessary security to the electoral process; and called upon AMISOM troops and the Somalia Security Forces to expand their operations, deal with evolving terror threats and immediately recover the remaining areas controlled by Al Shabaab.

Leaders further proposed the establishment of an economic recovery fund with support from the region and the international community; and urged the international community to support the development plans and programs, especially infrastructure connectivity and social services through the IGAD Third-Party Financing Mechanism and any other bilateral arrangements.

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