Somalia has recalled its ambassador from Kenya and gave Kenyan ambassador only 7days to leave the country.
Tensions have increased recently after Kenya hosted leadership of Somaliland hosted Musa Bihi Abdi, President of the self-declared Somaliland region, in Nairobi for bilateral talks to forge closer ties.
On November 29, Somalia expelled Kenya’s ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Nairobi, igniting the latest diplomatic spat between Somalia and Kenya started.
The leaders of Somalia and Kenya have previously held meetings to resolve tensions.
Osman Abukar Dubbe said “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 server diplomatic relations with the Kenyan government”.
The announcement was made by the minister of information Osman Abukar Dubbe on state media.
In May of 1991, Somaliland seceded from Somalia. The Somali government, however, insists on Somaliland being part of its territory.
The decision comes after Somalia submitted a letter of protest against Kenya to Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamddok, who is also chair of the regional block intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).