Somalia sends Kenyan Ambassador packing in new confrontation

The federal republic of Somalia has cut diplomatic ties with Kenya, sending the Kenyan envoy packing back to Nairobi, over interference into its internal affairs.

The Kenyan ambassador to Somalia Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo was sent back to Nairobi over alleged interference with the upcoming general elections.

The Somalian envoy to Kenya Ahmed Nuur Tarzan was also summoned for consultations.

“The Federal Government of Somalia notes the Kenyan Government’s attempt to infringe upon the sovereignty, territorial integrity. political independence and unity of Somalia and hereby express its deepest regret with the Kenyan Government’s continuous interferences in the internal and political affairs of Somalia,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.

The reports show that the Kenyan government through the ambassador is piling immense pressure on the regional President of Jubaland Ahmed Mahamed Islaan (Madobe) for economic interest political interests in Somalia.

The Kenyan government is further accused of forcing the Jubaland leader to go back to the election agreement of September 17, 2020, in Mogadishu.

The Somaliland foreign affairs permanent secretary Ambassador Mohamed Ali-Nur Haji had over the weekend said that the Kenyan government was on Madobe to renege on the earlier arrangement.

“Somalia understands that as a result of the political interferences, the regional president of Jubaland has reneged on the election agreement that was reached on September 17, 2020, in Mogadishu,” he said.

Somaliland is due for general elections before February of 2021, with the five regional leaders supposedly summoned on how to run the polls.

They had accused the Kenyan government of interfering with the sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of their land a thing Kenya has not officially responded to.

“Somalia strongly upholds the principles of interdependence and maintaining our friendly relations with our neighboring countries. However, it believes that the Kenyan government’s actions are not in line with the internationally recognized diplomatic relations enjoyed by sovereign states,” Amb. Mohamed said

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