At the invitation of H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H, President of the
Republic of Kenya, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of
the Federal Republic of Somalia paid a two-day Official Visit to
Kenya from 15th
– 16th July 2022. The two Heads of State held
bilateral talks at State House Nairobi on Friday 15th July, 2022.
Their Excellencies the Presidents were accompanied by Senior
Government Officials from both countries.
H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated H.E. President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his election as President of the
Federal Republic of Somalia and at the same time lauded the people
of Somalia for a peaceful election and transition.
The two Heads of State led their delegations in high-level bilateral
talks, which reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and
multilateral issues, with emphasis on strengthening the existing
bilateral ties between the two countries.
In this regard, the two Presidents:
- Emphasized on the importance of cordial bilateral relations,
bonds of heritage and shared destiny that exists between the
people of Kenya and the people of Somalia, which are defined
by a common desire for peace, stability, prosperity and respect
for the sovereign and territorial integrity of both Kenya and
- Reaffirmed the shared commitment of the two countries to
work together on areas of mutual interest and to deepen
- Towards this end, the two Presidents recommitted to the fight
against terrorism, and in order to ensure success, directed the
security agencies of the two countries to coordinate their
efforts in this fight to ensure the safety and protection of the
citizens of both countries, while upscaling the fight against
- Agreed that Kenya and Somalia will collaborate with other
regional and international actors to provide the much-needed
humanitarian assistance to mitigate the effects of the current
drought in the Horn of Africa region.
- Further agreed that the Kenya Airways (KQ) scheduled flights
to Mogadishu will resume immediately based on the existing
Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA). The BASA will be
reviewed by the relevant Authorities.
- Further agreed, to facilitate, diversify and promote trade and
economic cooperation between the two countries. Directed the
immediate market access of fish and fish products from
Somalia to Kenya and vice versa, the resumption of trade in
Khat (miraa) from Kenya to Somalia, to resume with
- Further Directed the relevant agencies to implement the
issuance of Courtesy Visas free of charge/gratis, on arrival, for
Dignitaries, Senators and Diplomats who hold Diplomatic
Passports and a Note Verbale from the respective Ministries of
Foreign Affairs. For holders of Somali Service Passports,
Courtesy Visas free of charge/gratis on arrival will be issued
within Forty – Eight (48) hours, after completion of Online Visa
Application accompanied by a Note Verbale from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
- Further underscored the need to process visas for holders of
ordinary passports as soon as possible, preferably within ten
(10) working days.
- Agreed on the opening of the border between the two
countries in order to ease the movement of people and
enhance trade in goods and services.
- Directed that the Joint Commission for Co-operation (JCC)
between Kenya and Somalia be convened in Mogadishu in
August 2022 to discuss and agree on matters of mutual
interest such as joint security activities, defense, agriculture,
trade, intelligence exchange, health, education, training in
various fields, and continuous review of the visa regime.
- Directed the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs to ensure
the implementation of the issues agreed upon by the two
Presidents within two (2) weeks from the date of this Joint
Issued in NAIROBI.
Date: 15th July 2022
AMB. MACHARIA KAMAU, CBS
H.E. AMB. MOHAMED ALI – NUR
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF