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Kenya set to open Somali Embassy

19 February 2014, 18:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Kenya will open an embassy in Somalia by mid-2014 as the country seeks to enhance relations with its warring neighbour.

Deputy president William Ruto confirmed that the country is in the process of opening an embassy in the war-torn country before by June 2014 as it seeks to strengthen ties between the two nations.

He further added that the country will increase its development plans in the country, terming Kenya's friendship with Somalia as important to the economic growth of the region.

" It is of key importance that we as a country support our neighbours Somalia and give them a chance of stabilizing after years of war, he said.

Sources at the ministry of foreign affairs stated that the search for a secure premises has begun and that there is strict emphasis on security considering the current situation in the country.

Ruto said Kenya will play an active role in ensuring that Somalia's constitution is reviewed in order for democratic and successful elections to be held in 2016.

" It is our hope that Somalia returns to being a peaceful and democratically run state, he added.

Somalia has been at war for decades and is grappling with insurgency, lack of proper security and terrorism, including the marauding influence of the Al-Shabaab militia group.

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