MOGADISHU, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said Saturday the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in the just concluded presidential elections will help foster stronger ties between the two countries.
Farmajo who congratulated Kenyatta on his re-election said Somalia remains committed to promote peace, open trade and economic cooperation with Kenya.
“President Kenyatta is not only a close friend and brother but also a development conscious and diligent leader,” he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
Farmajo expressed confidence that the re-election of President Kenyatta would foster further cooperation on bilateral and diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya.
“President Kenyatta and I share a common vision of peace, stability and economic growth for our two countries and the region as a whole,” he said.
He said the Horn of Africa nation has had strong economic and diplomatic ties with Kenya, which were further strengthened after President Farmajo made his maiden state visit to Nairobi in March.
Kenyatta who was officially declared the winner of the presidential elections held on Aug. 8 has received congratulatory messages from Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.