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KENYAN PRESIDENT OFF TO LONDON FOR CONFERENCE ON SOMALIA

NAIROBI, May 11 (NNN-KBC) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has left for Britain to attend the 3rd London Conference on Somalia on Thursday before proceeding to Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation being hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping next week.

The London conference will focus on accelerating the progress of security reforms in Somalia, build on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis, and agree on the new international partnership needed to keep the Horn of Africa nation on course for increased peace and prosperity.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said here Wednesday that previous London Conferences were held in 2012 and 2013.

Esipisu said the 2012 London Conference focused on the underlying causes of instability as well as the symptoms which included famine, refugees, piracy and terrorism. At the conference, the international community agreed to inject new momentum into the political process to strengthen the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and help Somalia develop its own security forces to build stability at the local level.

After the London conference, President Kenyatta will head to Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Summit to be held on Sunday and Monday.

The president and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta were seen off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport here by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) Joseph Nkaissery and Charles Keter, Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale. -- NNN-KBC

Source: NAM News Network