Kenya and Ethiopia agree to boost infrastructural development partnership to boost trade
Kenya and Ethiopia have both agreed to boost infrastructural development as a way of boosting bilateral trade between the two nations.
Both Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and president William Ruto met and discussed a number of issues on the sidelines of the Somalia-Frontline States Summit currently ongoing in Mogadishu.
"President Ruto and I agreed to strengthen bilateral ties through infrastructure development, increasing trade and investment as well as regional issues," Abiy said in a tweet on Wednesday.
The Ethiopian PM was also briefed by members of the Ethiopian national forces fighting Al-Shabaab as part of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia.
Somalia hosted a summit of leaders from neighbouring countries to discuss a collective military push against Al-Shabaab militant group.
Somalia seeks cooperation from its neighbours to eliminate Al-Shabaab in a bid to enhance regional security and ultimately ensure safety and prosperity in the volatile Horn of Africa region.
The summit in Mogadishu brought together leaders from three "brotherly neighbouring countries", the Somali presidency said, posting pictures of the arrival of Kenya's William Ruto, Djibouti's Ismail Omar Guelleh and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The meeting reportedly comes one day after defence ministers and security chiefs of the four neighbouring countries met in Mogadishu.
"This collaboration is expected to lead to the quick liberation of the country from Al-Shabaab who have been dealt heavy blows on the battlefield in the past few weeks," the Somali government said on Tuesday prior to the summit.
At the moment four regional leaders agreed on a plan for a joint military campaign against Al-Shabaab.
In a joint communique issued after the meeting, the leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti said the operation would "prevent any future infiltrating elements into the wider region".
"The Summit agreed to make the final push for joint operations in the areas that remain under the terrorists to completely liberate the whole of Somalia from Al-Shabaab," read Wednesday's joint communique.
The Somali militant group has been carrying out deadly attacks in the region.