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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Kenya, Somalia restore good relations after months of diplomatic row.

By Moses Ochengo

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The Kenyan government has announced the reopening of its embassy in Somalia, in a move aimed at restoring good relations between the two neighbouring countries.

According to a statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry, CS Amb. Raychelle Omamo has held talks with her Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdirizak Mahamud to facilitate the resumption of diplomatic ties between Nairobi and Mogadishu. The agreement has been reached to reopen the high commissions in each other’s countries as soon as possible.

The Ministry further said that the decision was reached after a lengthy telephone conversation between the two foreign ministers that was aimed at reaching a consensus for the benefit of the two countries.

“Both ministers reconfirmed the need to expeditiously reopen their two missions of Kenya and Somalia, and emphasized the importance of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries,” the Ministry said.

The Kenyan and Somalia governments have finally embraced dialogue that seeks to ameliorate diplomatic relations, security, trade, sociocultural and economic relations between the two countries which has not been cordial over the past months.

The government has reiterated its commitment to restore its links with the Horn of Africa country, by reopening its embassy in Mogadishu, as well as strengthen governmental relations that will boost security and economic development in the two nations.

“The government of Kenya welcomes and acknowledges the invitation by the Federal Government of the Republic of Somalia to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries,” a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry read.

The efforts to restore good diplomatic relations between the two countries were further boosted by Kenya’s decision to resume direct flights to Mogadishu which had been halted since December 2020. The Kenyan government termed this as key move to normalize good relations with Somalia, after months of strain and travel restrictions that have had an adverse effect on trading activities such as Miraa.

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