Ruto: Kenya will eliminate Al-Shabaab
19 February 2014, 16:00
Nairobi - Deputy president William Ruto says the government will not relent in its fight against the Al- Shabaab terror group.
Speaking in Nairobi after holding talks with Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Mohammed at his Nairobi office, Ruto said the two countries will forge ahead with current plans to eliminate the terror group.
He further reiterated that Kenyan Defence Forces personnel will remain in Somalia until the Al-Shabaab threat is nullified.
" There is no reason, no excuse and no justification for the acts of terror committed by Al-Shabaab both in Somalia and Kenya and thus we will do as much as we can to ensure they are nullified completely, Ruto said.
He added that there has been steady progress in ensuring peace reigns in Somalia which in turn will provide grounds for a safe Eastern Africa region.
" Regional peace and progress hinges on a peaceful Somalia which is why the AMISOM operation in Somalia is vital.
The Somali president on his part, insisted that his government is employing all tactics and resources available to tackle the threat of the militia group.
He thanked Kenya for the help in fighting the force of terrorism and extremism and promised his government's support in facilitating a peaceful operation in Somalia.
" the help that Kenya has handed Somalia in this war can not be understated and we thank the government fully for its support and pledge to continue pushing for one agenda, the peaceful co-existence amongst Somalis and other countries in the region.
The two confirmed that the repatriation of Somali referees was ongoing and confirmed that close to 100,000 refugees had gone back to Somalia since the fall of Al-Shabaab in the country.
The two countries are aiming to have close to 1 million refugees return home to Somalia in the next couple of years, with Al-Shabaab influence waning.
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