MOGADISHU – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has met with Kenyan delegation led by Ababu Namwamba, Kenya’s chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mr. Namwamba arrived in the capital on Tuesday after the conclusion of their engagements at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.
He was welcomed at Mogadishu airport by Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia General (Rtd.) Lucas Tumbo as Kenyan military officers and officials of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
Namwamba says he held talks with PM Khaire in Mogadishu on bilateral issues of mutual interest to Kenya and Somalia.
Kenyan delegation also attended the 4th Somali partnership forum in Mogadishu.
The visit by Namwamba comes a month after Kenya and Somalia agreed to normalize their diplomatic relations after the two countries’ presidents met at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.
The two leaders also agreed to form a joint committee to work on improving relations while the maritime case at ICJ court will stay its course.
The diplomatic relation soured when Nairobi expelled Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Mohamoud Nour on Feb. 16, 2019, and recalled its envoy to Mogadishu.
Kenya has been campaigning to put diplomatic pressure on Somalia, in a bid to withdraw a maritime dispute case which Somalia filed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).