Somalia, Kenya discuss deepening ties after the gap has ended

Somalia and Kenya on Wednesday discussed the need to deepen bilateral ties between the two East African nations that recently restored ties after months of dispute.

The meeting between Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia Lucas Tumbo in the capital Mogadishu was the first since diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries were resumed.

“The Prime Minister and the Ambassador discussed the need to deepen bilateral relations and improve cooperation,” said the Somali Prime Minister’s office in a brief statement after the meeting.

Somalia severed diplomatic relations with Kenya last December and accused Nairobi of meddling in Mogadishu’s internal affairs.

Security, educational and trade ties between the two neighbors were suspended for about five months, until Mogadishu announced in May, citing the interests of both countries, its readiness to restore relations with Nairobi.

Kenya accepted Somalia’s application to reopen its diplomatic mission in the capital Mogadishu earlier this month after relations were restored.

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