Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” has met with Kenya’s Interior Minister Security Fred Matiang’i and other officials sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The meeting came two days after the two Presidents agreed to work together to ensure security at the border, as well as strengthen trade and diplomatic relations.
There had been tension at the border near Mandera when Somali forces clashed with those from the semi-autonomous state of Jubbaland inside Kenyan soil. President Kenyatta had called it a flagrant breach by Somalia. Before that, Somalia accused Kenya of meddling in its internal affairs and warned it to stop its encroachment in the border areas. Kenya denied the claims as baseless and invalid.
In another development, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt after his convoy was attacked in the capital, Khartoum. It was leant that an explosion hit as Prime Minister’s car was driving by but thank God no-one was hurt.
Hamdok was appointed to head Sudan’s transitional government last August, a few months after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir. He has reportedly been moved to a safe location.