Hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta held bilateral talks with the visiting President of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, the federal republic of Somalia has responded swiftly with a surprise announcement that came late into the night.
In what is an escalation of diplomatic tension between Kenya and Somalia, the government of Somalia has severed diplomatic ties with Kenya and given Kenyan diplomats based in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country.
In the announcement, Somalia Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe also recalled its diplomats who are stationed in Nairobi.
The Eastern Afican nation that has been plagued by decades of war since the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991 accused Nairobi of political interference and violations against its sovereignty, hence the move.
Mogadishu indicated Kenya’s interference had seen the regional President of Jubaland renege on the election agreement reached on September 17, 2020, in Somalia’s capital.
Tensions erupted on December 2, 2020, when Dubbe accused Kenya of lacking an understanding of good neighborliness and hosting rebels.
According to Dubbe,Nairobi was being used by dissidents to plan and execute missions to destabilise the Somalian Government.
“We have a lot of respect for Kenya, We want to live in mutual interest. However Nairobi does not show any respect for that,” he stated.
The move came just hour4s after President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted visiting Somaliland President in a move that angered Mogadishu.