Somalia, Kenya agree to normalise relations

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with his Egyptian and Somali counterparts Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Mohamed Farmaajo on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. COURTESY: TWITTER/The Presidency, Federal Republic of Somalia

Somalia and Kenya on Wednesday agreed to work towards normalising relations without any implications on the maritime border dispute case.

The agreement was reached after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called a tripartite meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Kenya and Somalia have been involved in a maritime border dispute for years. The disputed triangular area off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean covers about 100,000 square km and is rich in oil and other minerals.

Courtesy: Standard Media

Kenya says the boundary should lie parallel to the line of latitude thus marking the land Kenyan territory. Somalia disagrees saying their border extends diagonally to the southeast.

Kenya has warned that the decision of ICJ, which is binding on both sides, could offer little room for a win-win solution and hence may sow further political differences.

In their Tuesday meeting, Somalia reportedly said no discussion should be held on the dispute until the case is done.

The International Court of Justice announced that the closure date for the public hearings of the dispute would be November 8.

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