Somalia resumes diplomatic ties with Kenya

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO | PSCU

Somalia has on Thursday announced that it has restored diplomatic ties with Kenya.

In a Tweet, Director of Communications of The Somali Presidency, Abdirashid M. Hashi said that, “In interest of good neighborliness, FGS resumes Diplomatic ties with Kenya based on mutual benefit and respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-external interference, peaceful co-existence & equality. 

Somalia and Kenya Presidents thank Emir of Qatar for his good offices in this regard.”

Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, the Qatar Special Envoy for Counterterrorism & Mediation of Conflict Resolution is currently in Kenya for talks with Uhuru Kenyatta after concluding a weeklong trip to Somalia.
While in Mogadishu, he met with federal, regional leaders & opposition politicians.

Somalia had cut ties with Kenya in December 2020, and ordered its ambassador to return home and Kenya’s Lucas Tumbo back in Nairobi.

The government of Somalia earlier said it severed diplomatic ties with Kenya in response to what the Somalis described as ‘Kenyan interference and violations of their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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