Rwandan president Paul Kagame has pledged that his country will help the Somali government introduce peace and stability into the country. He made the pledge during a meeting with his Somali counterpart, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, in Kigali Sunday night.
A press statement from the Somali presidential palace said that during their meeting both leaders raised several issues including strengthening of existing bilateral relations between the two countries, Rwanda’s role in the peace process and how Rwanda may support Somali government introduce peace into the lawless country.
“Rwanda’s contribution to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was not part of the issues discussed by both leaders, but President Paul Kagame of Rwanda pledged that his country will give Somalia every possible assistance that may help the TFG establish law and order in the country,” the statement said.
The statement added that the Somali president also visited the biggest site of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. The visit was intended to show the Somali president and his delegation that Uganda experienced a very difficulty period and then learned democracy and good governance.
Rwandan leaders pledged to pass their experiences over to Somali leaders so that they may be able to follow Rwanda’s footsteps and put the country out of its long-running problems.
According to the statement, the Somali president will return home after he has concluded his work trip to Rwanda.
For the past several days, the Somali leader has visited Uganda and Burundi, the only troop-contributing countries to the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia.