Djibouti has affirmed its support for Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Amina Mohamed’s candidature for the position of African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson.

Djibouti Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said here Thursday that it was time for the East Africa sub-region to clinch the AU Commission leadership, stressing that Amina is the best candidate the continental body has ever had.

Youssouf, who was on a visit to Kenya as Djibouti President IsmaA�l Omar Guelleh’s special envoy, said: “Ambassador Amina Mohamed is the most capable candidate and we are optimistic she will emerge the winner. Her victory will inject transformative leadership that will energize the AU Commission for the benefit of the continent and East Africa.”

He was speaking to journalists at State House Nairobi where he delivered a special message to President Uhuru Kenyatta from President Guelleh.

President Kenyatta welcomed Djibouti’s support for Amina, saying she is a candidate with vast experience who will steer the AU Commission to greater achievements. he called on the East Africa sub-region to work together in drumming up support for Amina.

President Kenyatta and the Djibouti Foreign Affairs Minister also discussed the situation in South Sudan and Somalia and stressed the need for concrete efforts to entrench peace and stability in the two countries.

The meeting was also attended by Amina Mohamed and Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (Deputy Minister) Monica Juma.