MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia has presented its compliments to Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Somali ministers and lawmakers were blocked entry into the capital of Nairobi.
In a statement released by Foreign Ministry said Somalia voiced a great concern the recent decision of Kenya to restrict the issuance of entry visas to members of the Somali cabinet and parliament.
“We are concerned several members of Somalia, who traveled to Nairobi were detained by immigration officials, their passports confiscated and forced them to return to Mogadishu”, the FM said.
Somalia also expressed its concern with regards to the reinstitution of a mandatory stopover in Wajir ostensibly for purposes of conducting additional security checks on Somali passengers.
It calls the decision as ‘inconsistent’ with an agreement reached by Kenya and Somalia.
“In respect of conducting direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi. These actions contravene the neighborly bond that exists between Somalia and Kenya”, the statement said.
Somalia calls on Kenya to consider the potentially destabilizing impact of these actions and to uphold the longstanding relations between Mogadishu and Nairobi.
Somalia says it is committed to maintaining the friendly relations with Kenya and will continue to welcome Kenyan citizens and its officials to Somalia.