JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY H.E. AMB. (DR) AMINA MOHAMED, CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND H.E. MR. YUSUF-GARAAD OMAR, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MID TERM REVIEW OF THE KENYA-SOMALIA JOINT COMMISSION FOR COOPERATION.
- At the invitation of E. Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Yusuf-Garaad Omar, Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia attended the Midterm Review of the 1st Session of the Kenya-Somalia Joint Commission for Cooperation held in Nairobi on 26th July, 2017.
- In their opening statements, the two Ministers hailed the warm, fraternal and cordial relations that exist between the two countries. They emphasized on the need to deepen and enhance the excellent bilateral cooperation existing between the two countries.
- The two Ministers discussed a wide range of issues touching mainly on the various sectors of Kenya-Somalia bilateral cooperation. These sectors include Trade, Agriculture, Security, Refugees, Immigration, Economic and Political affairs among others.
- The two Ministers recalled the deliberations of the two Heads of State during the State Visit to Kenya in March 2017 by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and appreciated the progress made so far in implementing the agreed actions. These actions include the resumption of direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi which has already commenced. Regarding the training of 200 nursing students from Somalia, the first batch of 50 students will be admitted to the Mandera Medical Training College as from September 2017. In this regard, the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia has been requested to submit the names of the 50 students who meet the Nursing Council of Kenya requirements. The second batch of 50 students will be admitted in March 2018, and the third batch of 100 students will be admitted in September, 2018.
- Kenya will offer training of Foreign Service Officers and Protocol Department Officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia
- The two Ministers noted that resumption of direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu has been effected and is operating smoothly.
- The two Ministers further agreed that the two Governments will share comprehensive details regarding the regulations guiding the issuance and use of Diplomatic and Service Passports for consideration of waiver of Visa.
- The two Ministers agreed to work on the modalities of developing user friendly customs and immigration documents for communities along the common border in order to facilitate ease of movement for people, goods and services.
- The Ministers agreed to have a full-fledged Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in Mogadishu at a date to be mutually agreed upon through diplomatic channels.
Issued in Nairobi, on July 26, 2017.