Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has announced the resumption of Miraa exports to Somalia after bilateral talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and new Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Munya, who held a media briefing in Meru on Friday, said negotiations were concluded on Thursday and preparation of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries is ongoing.
The agreement to legitimize the negotiations and direct the production of miraa, will begin shipping directly to Somalia.
Munya said Somalia had ordered the acquisition of a fish market in the country, which was an agreement they had made to secure a Kenyan fish market as a means of raising funds.
“Exportation of miraa will be opened in the next two weeks, what is happening now is paper work to make sure everything I ready,” said Munya
Somalia banned miraa imports from Kenya in 2020 following a diplomatic fallout between the two countries during former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s regime.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday attended the inauguration of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, exuding confidence that Kenya and Somalia will work together in promoting regional peace and stability.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held in Mogadishu, President Kenyatta said Kenya’s desire is to consolidate and forge closer relations for good neighbourliness, socio-economic cooperation and regional stability, which is in the best interest of the people of the two countries.
“A peaceful and prosperous Federal Republic of Somalia is the dream of every Kenyan. Your brothers and sisters in Kenya look forward to working with you so that we can all benefit economically and prosper together,” President Kenyatta said as he congratulated President Mohamud.