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Monday 4 May 2015

Cord lobbies for Somalia pull out

The modalities of withdrawing Kenyan troops from Somalia was among the issues US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed with opposition leaders.
Mr Kerry held talks with leaders led by Raila Odinga at Serena Hotel Monday afternoon moments after he visited President Kenyatta at State House.
Exit strategy
Mr Odinga and his co-principals in the Cord opposition coalition Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wentang’ula have been calling for the withdrawal of the Kenya Defence Forces from Somalia following the continued attacks by the Al Shabaab militants.
The latest was the killing of 147 people at Garissa University early last month. But President Kenyatta has remained firm, saying KDF are in Somalia to stay.
“We have discussed about the possible exit strategy for our troops in Somalia and Mr Kerry has told us what President Obama did to pull out American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mr Musyoka told journalists soon after the talks.
Mr Kerry also discussed regional stability, with particular focus on Burundi and South Sudan, with opposition leaders. And they touched on national security, war on corruption and the need to reform the IEBC ahead of the 2017 elections.
Asked about his expectation of the meetings, Mr Kerry said he wanted to listen and learn from Kenyan leaders and also discuss President Obama’s visit.

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