The Somali government has restored diplomatic relations with Kenya on Thursday, days after president Farmaajo whose four-year term as the country’s president ended last February handed over power to Roble.
“The Federal Government of Somalia announces that in keeping with the interests of good neighborliness, it has resumed diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kenya,” the ministry of information said in a statement.
“The two governments agree to keep friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in each other internal affair.”
The statement thanked the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, whom it credited for playing a part in the reconciliation, and said the move had been welcomed by Kenya.
Kenya said it took note of the statement and was looking forward “to further normalization of relations by the Somali authorities.”
“The ministry of foreign affairs acknowledges the continued support that has been extended from the international community, and in particular the government of Qatar, in efforts to normalize the diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya,” it said in a statement.
Somalia has long bristled over what it calls Kenya’s meddling in regions over its border, while Kenya has accused Mogadishu of using it as a scapegoat for its own political problems.
The pair have also engaged in a long-running territorial dispute over a stretch of the Indian Ocean claimed by both nations believed to hold valuable deposits of oil and gas, and have sought international arbitration over the matter.
The row over which nation controls access to the lucrative deposits escalated in early 2019 after Somalia decided to auction off oil and gas blocks in a disputed maritime area, prompting Kenya to recall its ambassador from Mogadishu in February of that year.