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In response to a series of contacts and meetings between the leaders of the Republic of Somaliland and the Republic of Kenya at different levels, a parliamentary caucus aimed at further cementing the broad and nascent relationship between the two countries was launched in Nairobi on Friday. .
The caucus aims to strengthen the cordial ties of friendship between Kenya and Somaliland as a means of accelerating and promoting regional integration through economic cooperation, trade and security.
To top off the event, the Somaliland Mission in Kenya hosted a working lunch of MPs who worked out the technical details of the caucus, outlining immediate and planned activities aimed at accelerating the relationship that the two respective presidents of the two presidents of East Africa, Uhuru Kenyatta and Musa Bihi Abdi, agreed during the latter’s official visit to Kenya in mid-December.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Sophia A. Noor, MP for Ijara, elected chair of the Kenya-Somaliland parliamentary group, expressed how thrilled she was to be part of a living history to lead the two countries to new heights of cooperation and prosperity. for their respective peoples.
Hon. Sophy took the opportunity to highlight in particular the essential role played by the Somaliland Mission in Kenya in organizing the event which, once again, brought together the august MPs.
“I would like to take this golden opportunity to thank each of you for gracing today’s Somaliland Kenyan parliamentary caucus lunch in Serena, which was indeed successful,” she said. declared.
“I am particularly grateful,” added the Honorable Member, “to the Head of the Somaliland Mission in Kenya, Ambassador HE Bashe, for the organization and sponsorship of the event. Special thanks also go to the Somaliland delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. I am also indebted to the guest of honor, the honorable Dr Keynan, who is also deputy parliamentary secretary of Jubille ”.
The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Somaliland, Liban Yussuf Osman, underlined how honored he was to attend the official launch of the caucus.
“I am very happy,” he said, “to attend the historic and auspicious occasion when the Kenya-Somaliland parliamentary caucus is officially inaugurated,” he said.
He said the day marks an important milestone and an anchor in the friendship between Kenya and Somaliland.
Minister Lebanon said the caucus will certainly play a leading role in sealing an indestructible bond between “two great nations”.
Shortly before the Serena event, MPs released a statement briefly outlining the underlying goals and upcoming tasks for the caucus that was officially launched.
Kenyan MPs have declared that they will, as a first step, “push the government to accelerate the implementation of the agreements contained in the communiqué signed between Kenyatta and Bihi”.
Kenya / Somaliland lawmakers form parliamentary cause to strengthen ties between two nations
Nairobi, June 11, 2021: In another step to solidify ties between Kenya and Somaliland, MPs from both countries have inaugurated a caucus that will focus on socio-political and trade aspects between nations.
At a conference held at the Serena Hotel, Acting Somaliland Foreign Minister in Nairobi Lebanon Yusuf and Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor, Ijara Constituency MP and Caucus Chairman signed the statement. during the official inauguration of the Kenya-Somaliland parliamentary caucus.
Hon. Noor took the opportunity to congratulate Somaliland on the peaceful, credible and transparent elections held on May 31 and invited the newly elected parliamentarians to the caucus.
“Somaliland has shown the world that it truly is a democratic country by holding very transparent elections on May 31,” said Sophia Noor.
According to Sophia Noor: “Parliament plays an important role in complementing the executive in undertaking parliamentary diplomacy. To this end, a number of Kenyan parliamentarians have visited Somaliland and vice versa in order to strengthen and complement our cooperation. The Kenya – Somaliland parliamentary group, which brings together parliamentarians from both countries, aims to undertake parliamentary diplomacy from both sides to complement government efforts and to facilitate the easing and removal of any bureaucratic bottlenecks on either side and to expand cooperation. ”
She said Kenya caucus members will continue to work closely with the Somaliland liaison office in Nairobi to make the caucus vibrant.
The caucus follows the meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somaliland leader Musa Bihi in December, where they signed a joint communiqué aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.
Kenyan lawmakers said they would push the government to speed up the implementation of the agreements in the communiqué signed between Kenyatta and Bihi.
Caucus members appreciated the long-standing historical ties of friendship accentuated by the common colonial history that saw the two countries share common legal, administrative and legislative systems as well as a common currency.
“Our two countries also share an important people-to-people bond – people-to-people bonds, as we have thousands of our own Kenyan citizens who are of Somaliland descent. Meanwhile, over ten thousand Kenyans live and work in Somaliland in different sectors of the economy. In addition, the trade balance between our two countries, which is largely in Kenya’s favor, is increasing as Somaliland is currently a virtual net importer of almost everything that is used and consumed in the country, ” caucus members said. .
They further stated that Somaliland and Kenya are strong allies in regional geopolitical dynamics.
The Lebanese minister appreciated the continued support Kenyan MPs have given Somaliland over the years, adding that the caucus will strengthen the relationship between lawmakers between the two countries.
“This caucus will play a big role in strengthening the relationship between our two great countries,” said the Honorable Lebanon.
Caucus members from both countries as well as other key political elites, key captains of industry and audiences from national and county governments were in attendance at the inauguration.
Present at the launch, in addition to the Hon. Sophia Abdinoor- Chair of the Kenya-Somaliland parliamentary group, and Hon. Liban Yussuf, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland, were Amb. Bashe, representative of Somaliland in Kenya, HE Ali Korane-governor Garissa, HE Abdi Issa (vice-governor Isiolo) deputies; Senator Mohamud Maalim (Mandera), Hon. Esther Passaris (Nairobi Women’s Representative), Hon. Rehema Dida Jaldesa (representative of the women of Isiolo), Senator Farhia Haji (appointed senator), the Hon. Nasri Sahal (Nominated), Hon. Abdikarim Osman (Fafi), Hon. Kulow Hassan (Banisa), Hon. Babu Owino (Embakasi East), Hon. Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Hon. Ali Wario (Bura), and the Hon. Adan Haji (Mandera West).
Other guests of honor at the event included Amb. Abubakar Ogle and Rosemary Odinga.
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