Somalia President Makes Surprise Visit To Kenya For Security Talks

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi today landed in Nairobi for a one-day visit. His communication team said he will discuss bilateral relations and further cooperation on key security, trade and diplomatic ties. He was received by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma and her ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru at JKIA, and then headed to State House, Nairobi.

The surprise visit, which caught even senior Foreign Affair officials unaware, came as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations earlier in a press release warned the number of al Shabaab militants along the border with Somalia is “on the rise” and some are trying to cross into the country.

The police say the militants, led by operational commander Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Sharif Layn Kulul, may be planning attacks in Kenya. On Friday, the National Intelligence Service warned of possible terror attacks in Mombasa county by al Shabaab operatives during the month of Ramadan. The NIS warned the militants have dispatched fighters in parts of Northeastern and Coast to carry out sting attacks targeting security agents and civilians.

This is also after the Kenyan government warned that the activities of foreign powers seeking to undermine the government in Mogadishu are a threat to regional security.In his State of the Nation Address, the President Uhuru warned against interference in Somalia. He said, “The region is not at peace. Somalia remains troubled, largely by foreign agents who weaken its government, who divide its peoples, and who threaten to reverse the gains we have so painfully won under Amisom.”

Source: The Star