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Diplomatic Row Hits New Low as Somalia Bans Meetings in Kenya

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Monday May 27, 2019 - 03:18:40 in Latest News by Super Admin
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    Diplomatic Row Hits New Low as Somalia Bans Meetings in Kenya

    Kenya's decision to ban direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi coupled with the recent detention of top Somalia government officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was cited as the main reason for the new directive.

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Kenya's decision to ban direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi coupled with the recent detention of top Somalia government officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was cited as the main reason for the new directive.
"Due to the recent travel issues to Nairobi, Kenya. The ministry highly encourages those events to be held inside the country or be moved to alternative countries for ease of travel to ministry representatives," a section of the letter disclosed.
The orders are seen as a tactic employed by Mogadishu to reduce contact with Nairobi amid the escalating diplomatic row over a maritime border issue that has dragged on for several years to date.

Somalia President, Mohammed Farmaajo, had on Friday made the headlines after he avoided using a connecting flight via Nairobi on his way to congratulate the recently elected president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Kenya on its end has been flexing its diplomatic muscles in its tiff with Somalia, which it accuses of continuing to violate its territorial waters rich in hydrocarbons by launching investment programmes in the disputed area.


Some of the methods President Uhuru Kenyatta's government has employed include withdrawing privileges given to senior Somali government officials, resuming stringent measures for Somali aircraft, as well as tactical withdrawal of Kenyan security forces from areas they had liberated in Somalia. 



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