Ethiopia, Somalia eye shift from military to economic cooperation
Ruto's election comes just few weeks after Hassan Sheikh signed deal on Khat and aviation with Uhuru in Nairobi.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The president of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has spared no time to offer his congratulations to the president-elect of Kenya William Ruto shortly after he emerged as the winner of Tuesday's General elections in Kenya.
Mohamud become second leader to congratradualate Ruto after Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia.
I offer my sincere congratulations to President-elect H.E @WilliamsRuto on becoming Kenya’s 5th President. My best wishes to you as you begin your tenure at @StateHouseKenya. I look forward to closely working with you to advance our partnership in all areas of mutual benefit," Villa Somalia tweeted.
The president of Somalia signed last month a deal on Khat and aviation with outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, a move that improved ties between the neighbouring countries.
Kenya has troops in Somalia who are part of AU mission fighting against Al-Shabaab since 2007.
KDF are based in Jubaland bordering Kenya, which Nairobi said is a buffer zone used to protect its security from Al-Shabaab.
The relations between the two countries have been at lowest point during Farmajo's regime which imposed a ban on Miraa in 2020, to pave the way for Ethiopian Khat to arrive in the country.
He affirmed Ethiopia’s readiness to work at various levels with the new Somali government “with particular emphasis on economic growth,” according to a statement from Abiy’s office.