MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad summoned Kenyan Ambassador to Mogadishu, Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo, after Nairobi calls Somaliland as a ‘country’.
Amb. Awad has handed Lucas Tumbo a protest note against an offensive tweet by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Mr. Macharia Kamau, said in a statement.
He calls Kenya’s tweet as ‘an affront to Somalia’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity’.
@ForeignOfficeKE PS @AmbMKamau this afternoon held talks with Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Yasin Hagi Mohamed. The two discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries and ways of strengthening cooperation. pic.twitter.com/wS5INZGpAI
— ForeignAffairsKenya (@ForeignOfficeKE) June 27, 2019
“This tweet is harmful to the relationship between Somalia and Kenya”, he said.
Somalia says it stands for good-neighborliness, mutual respect and close cooperation with its neighbors, and expects the same from Kenya.
Over the past few years, Kenya and Somalia have been arguing about a disputed area of the Indian ocean that lies between the two countries.