The President expressed concern that implementation of the Peace Agreement has been sluggish and under severe threat due to lack of commitment by the parties involved.
President Kenyatta told Kerry that the recent violent skirmishes in Juba have serious implications for the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed in August 2015.
Following the resurgence of armed conflict, President Kenyatta informed the US Secretary of State, the IGAD Council of Ministers met in Nairobi last July and created a roadmap to restore normalcy in South Sudan.
“This was followed by the IGAD-Plus Summit of Heads of State and Government in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2016; and later in Addis Ababa in August 2016,” President Kenyatta said.
The President thanked the US Government and the international community for standing with the region in support of the South Sudan peace process.
On Somalia, President Kenyatta urged the US and the international community to continue engaging in the Horn of Africa country proactively to sustain the stabilization efforts.
President Kenyatta observed that the combined forces of AMISOM and the Somalia National Army have registered a remarkable progress on the security front.
Noting that the African Union plans to drawdown AMISOM by 2018, the President underscored the need to mobilize resources to carryout effective operations and build capacity of the Somalia National Army to take over the mandate.