Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has called on the European Union not to relent on its support of the two-pronged Somalia peace process and that of South Sudan.
Speaking during a meeting with the High Representative/Vice-President H.E. Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium this week, CS Mohamed underscored the central role of EU had as the largest supporter of the Somalia peace process through among others avenues financial support to the African Union Mission to Somalia.
At the same time EU is engaged in the crisis in South Sudan through the support it provides to UNMISS and the IGAD negotiation process.
The High Representative assured CS Mohamed that EU will remain a staunch supporter of the peace efforts in the region including AMISOM, the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, in full recognition that a stable and peaceful Somalia is crucial for the security of the region and in view of a sustainable solution to the refugee situation. She underscored the role Kenya is also playing in the region in terms of peace and security.
The two leaders also discussed the forthcoming general elections. CS Mohamed welcomed the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission saying this will contribute to transparent, credible and peaceful elections. The EU, Mogherini said looks forward to a reinforced partnership with Kenya after the conduct of the upcoming elections in August.
Mogherini recognised Kenya’s significant role in hosting refugees from Somalia and South Sudan and ensured that the EU will continue to support Kenya in this respect.
On wider regional cooperation, with particular regard to the crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council, Mogherini and CS Mohamed called on parties involved to engage in a dialogue to avoid any further escalation of tensions.
The duo also discussed economic integration within East Africa and the status of EU-East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement and trade cooperation with the EU.