Repairing bilateral relations between Kenya and Somalia – The Standard

Ambassador Macharia Kamau held bilateral talks with Amb. (Sic) Mohamed Ali Nur, Ambassador of Somalia in Kenya. [Courtesy]

Kenya and its western neighbor Somalia have embarked on a journey to rebuild their bilateral relations after months of public debate.

Towards the end of 2020, Somali authorities severed diplomatic relations with Kenya in the middle of the night, citing interference and violation of their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The two countries publicly disclosed their differences until Somalia withdrew all of its diplomats from Kenya and asked Kenyan diplomats to leave the country within 7 days.

On Wednesday July 14th, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Chief Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met Somali Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, to discuss relations between the two countries.

In the closed meeting, the duo explored new areas of cooperation between the two countries with the aim of deepening the broken relationship.

“Ambassador Macharia Kamau held bilateral talks with Amb Mohamed Ali Nur, Somali Ambassador to Kenya, and explored new areas of cooperation in the areas of culture, trade, ICT, peace and security. The two were looking forward to deepening the relationship, ”tweeted the Foreign Ministry.

Mogadishu’s move to sever ties with Kenya came after President Uhuru Kenyatta received President Muse Bihi of breakaway Somaliland at the Nairobi State House.

Government spokesman, Retired Colonel Cyrus Oguna, said Nairobi had set up a committee to investigate the issues that were creating rifts between the two neighbors.

Oguna said the committee should explore diplomatic means to resolve these issues, which has made significant strides to date.

In June 2021, the foreign ministers of Kenya and Somalia agreed to accelerate the reopening of the embassies in each other.

Amb Raychelle Omamo and her Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdirizak Mahamud said they came to the decision after talking on the phone.

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