Somali president to hold talks with Kenyan counterpart ahead of IGAD summit in Nairobi

Nairobi (IINA) � Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo flew to Kenya Thursday for his first state visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Somalia.

Farmajo, who is accompanied by top government officials, jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of state summit on Somali refugees, which is expected to kick-start next Saturday.

Well-informed sources said President Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries. The summit will be preceded by a special session of the IGAD ministerial committee on durable solutions for the Somali refugee crisis on Friday, bringing together ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs from the Horn of Africa region.

More than two million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade.

UN agencies estimate nearly 1.1 million Somalis are internally displaced inside the Horn of Africa country and some 900,000 are refugees in neighboring countries including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.

Source: International Islamic News Agency