Somalia has decided to sever its diplomatic relationships with Kenya after accusing its neighboring country of constantly meddling with its internal politics.
The Federal Government of Somalia has decided to sever its diplomatic relationships with Kenya after accusing its neighboring country of constantly meddling with its internal politics, Somali Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe announced on Tuesday.
According to Dubbe, the Somali Mogadishu-based government has recalled its entire diplomatic staff in Kenya and has given Kenyan diplomats seven days to leave Somalia.
“The Somali government, based on its national sovereignty guaranteed by international law and order, and fulfilling its constitutional duty to safeguard the nationhood, unity and stability of the country, has decided to sever diplomatic relations with the Kenyan government,” Dubbe said in a statement.
The sudden decision came after Muse Bihi Abdi, the president of breakaway state Somaliland, visited Nairobi to meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Dubbe accused the “current leadership” of the neighboring nation of carrying out “recurring outright” interference in its political affairs, describing Kenyan people as “peace-loving”.
“This is an answer to the constant political violation and Kenya’s open interference in Somalia’s independence,” he said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Somaliland said that Somalia’s move only reflects “nothing but failure and irresponsibility” of the “failed administration” of the country.
“The Republic of Somaliland and The Republic of Kenya are two independent countries which (have made) the rightful decision to strengthen their mutual relationship,” said Somaliland’s Foreign Ministry.
The aftermath of Somalia’s decision to sever its diplomatic ties with Kenya is still unclear.
However, some experts are concerned that the political dispute between the two nations could undermine Kenya’s support for the internationally mandated AMISOM mission, as it provides 3,600 soldiers from the Kenyan Defense Forces to help in fighting against the Islamist group al Shabaab in Somalia.
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