Somali and Kenyan leaders agree to meet in Nairobi to restore calm in tense border region

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta have agreed to meet in Nairobi, Kenya after this Sunday, March 8, meeting with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in the capital, Mogadishu.
This was confirmed in a statement by Villa Somalia – the official residence of the President of Somalia – marking a significant development in both country’s attempts to end a protracted diplomatic dispute.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia his excellency, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has accepted an official invitation by his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered by a delegation to Mogadishu.” Villa Somalia said in a press statement sent to newsrooms.
The move comes after a meeting between President Farmaajo and Dr Matiang’i’s delegation in Villa Somalia where Kenya’s Interior CS Fred Matiang’i presented an invitation from President Kenyatta.
The Kenya delegation were composed of five officials led by Interior Minister, Fred Matiangi, Kenyan ambassador to Somalia, Major General RTD Lucas Tumbo, Kenyan Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert Kibochi while on Somali side were President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Interior and Federal Affairs Minister, Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, State Minister for Presidential Affairs, Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Bagdadi and Villa Somalia DFirector, Nur Diriye Hersi.