Former UN chief, Ban Ki-moon lauded Kenya for playing a pivotal role in promoting regional peace especially in Somalia and South Sudan. The former UN Secretary General thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for his personal initiative in search of peace in South Sudan and restoration of stability in Somalia. BanKi-moon called the country and its leadership to continue to play engaging in the regional peace for the two Horn of Africa countries. On his part President Kenyatta called for concerted efforts to end the crisis in South Sudan. He also expressed optimism that Somalia will stabilize following the recent successful presidential elections. The two leaders held talks while the UN chief paid courtesy visit in State House Nairobi. Ban retired in late December, 2016 after concluding his two-term tenure at the helm of the global body. Read Also: Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman remains elusive for a number of reasons, Wikileaks.