Somali govt says no agreement on Kenyan troops

By REUTERS
October 26, 2011 19:06

MOGADISHU - Somalia said Wednesday it had not agreed with Kenya for its troops to enter the south of the Horn of Africa nation to fight Islamist rebels, but would form a security committee to work with Nairobi.

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed objected to the 11-day Kenyan incursion in comments on Monday and Kenya in turn demanded an official clarification of the Somali government's position on Wednesday.

Ahmed's comments sparked condemnation from some Somalis, especially in southern areas where Kenyan troops have taken control of towns from al Shabaab, and worried Western nations that back and fund the Somali government.

Kenya sent troops into Somalia 11 days ago to fight the Islamist rebels, blamed by Nairobi for a series of kidnappings on Kenyan soil and frequent border incursions that threaten the east African country's security.


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