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    Kenyatta, US Africom commander discuss peace

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and General Thomas Waldhauser, the US-Africa Command Commander, have been discussing regional security including the situation in Somalia and South Sudan.

    They met in Nairobi on Wednesday, when Kenyatta told General Waldhauser that Kenya is firmly committed to the cause of finding peace in Somalia.

    He also said political turmoil in South Sudan has been made worse by unwarranted fear and mistrust between supporters of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar.

    However, hope to restore stability in both countries is not lost and partner-states working towards peace in the region will remain committed to the cause, he added.

    “We shall give it everything we can. But it is not going to be easy”, Kenyatta said in reference to South Sudan.

    Kenyatta pointed out that Somalia also faces further challenges of mistrust and internal politics between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and regional governments.

    “The deteriorating relations between the TFG and regional governments is of major concern to us,” said Kenyatta, who added that the conflict is a major security threat to Kenya and the region.

    He called for structures that will enable the TFG to work with the regional governments.

    General Waldhauser in response underlined the need for Somalia to strengthen its leadership structures, adding that the instability is partly due to indirect interference from certain Gulf countries.

    “We are ready to continue assisting the country so long as the federal government is willing to accept our support”, said Gen Waldhauser, who called for neutrality from the Gulf countries that are extending their differences to the Horn of Africa nation.

    “The differences and clashes in these Arabian countries are playing out in Somalia. We call for their neutrality,” said the top US military officer.


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