, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Kenya and Somalia are set to normalize diplomatic relations after a nearly two-month of a diplomatic squabble over a maritime border dispute.
Foreign Ministers of both countries expressed “a strong desire to normalise relations,” with an agreement to allow their respective ambassadors return to their diplomatic postings in Nairobi and Mogadishu during a meeting in Nairobi earlier Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and her Somalia counterpart Ahmed Issa Awad discussed outstanding issues arising from Somalia’s decision to offer potential oil fields laying in a disputed 62,000 square mile Indian Ocean triangle to foreign investors at a London auction in early February.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau led Foreign Office’s protest at Somalia’s move summoning Ambassador Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo for what he as “urgent consultations” while referring the horn of Africa country envoy to Mogadishu for the same.
Signs of warming relations between the two States emerged early last month when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia mediated talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia’s Mohammed Abdulahi.
Although State House did not release an official communiqué of the meeting held in Nairobi, Ahmed’s office said the parties had resolved to amicably resolve differences of the maritime border dispute which is before the International Court of Justice.