Somalia, Kenya discuss cooperation, amid oil blocks row
MOGADISHU – Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad, received Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo on Wednesday in Mogadishu.
Mr, Awad and Amb. Tumbo discussed enhancing bilateral relations and means of joint cooperation between the two neighboring countries, amid oil block row between Mogadishu and Nairobi.
The meeting was also focused on ways to emphasize the depth of the Somali-Kenyan relations in all fields, which dates back to the oldest ages, according to a statement released by Somali FM.
Kenya has been campaigning to put diplomatic pressure on Somalia, in a bid to withdraw a maritime dispute case which Somalia filed to International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Nairobi also expelled Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Mohamoud Nour on Feb. 16, 2019 and recalled its envoy to Mogadishu.
Kenya calls Somalia as ‘an enemy neighboring state’ which is trying to grab its natural resources.
Kenya also denied a plane from Mogadishu with Somali diplomats, including ministers and deputies over entry into Nairobi capital while heading to attend a high-level EU sponsored cross-border conflict management program.
But, Kenya’s aviation authorities described its move as “lack of visas.”
However, Somalia has shown more political maturity, calling on Kenya to respect the dispute maritime case with the ICJ and the diplomatic relations between Nairobi and Mogadishu.
Kenya in respecting the case with the ICJ. Kenya, on the other hand, in a diplomatic letter to Somalia on May 21, said that it will use a military force if Somali locals hinder the construction of a fence along its border with Somalia. This is another sign showing that Nairobi has taken Mogadishu’s magnanimity and silence for granted.
On May 21, top Somali diplomats, including ministers and deputies, were denied entry at Jomo Kenyatta Airport for what aviation authorities described as “lack of visas.” The officials were invited to take part in a high-level EU sponsored cross-border conflict management program in Nairobi.
SOURCES: Mareeg Online