The government of Somalia has on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 announced their decision to cut ties with their next-door neighbor, Kenya.
The government officials of Somalia cited “constant interference” in the country’s internal affairs as the main reason; a situation they perceive as one that violates Somalia’s sovereignty.
Osman Dubbe, Somalia’s information minister, stated on state-run SNTV that “Kenya continues meddling in our internal political affairs and it has ignored our previous calls to stop violating our sovereignty…We, therefore, declare that we have cut ties with Kenya over its poor violations on Somalia’s sovereignty”
It could be recalled that just few days back, Somalia expelled the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia, Lucas Tumbo following accusations of electoral interference and recalled their ambassador to Nairobi, Mohamud Ahmed Tarzan.
With regards to this recent decision, Kenyan diplomats in the country’s capital, Mogadishu have been given seven days to leave the country. “Somalia wants all its diplomats to go back to Mogadishu and Kenyan diplomats have seven days to leave the country.” Osman Dubbe, Somalia’s Information Minister said on National TV.
Somalia has further informed the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to include their diplomatic row with Kenya in the agenda list for the upcoming virtual summit which will be held on Dec 20.