The Somalian government has announced that the country has smoked the peace pipe with neighbors, Kenya after they earlier cut ties due to what was described as Kenya’s interference in Somalia’s affairs.
This was made public by Somalia’s information ministry on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. “The Federal Government of Somalia announces that in keeping with the interests of good neighborliness, it has resumed diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kenya,” the Ministry of Information.
The statement added further that, “the two governments agree to keep friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.”
Moreover, Nairobi is said to have acknowledged the statement which also recognized the mediation role played by the international community and the government of Qatar in the newly restored peace; “The ministry of foreign affairs acknowledges the continued support that has been extended from the international community, and in particular the government of Qatar, in efforts to normalise the diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya,” the statement said.
Officials in Qatar had a series of conversations with both sides; reports have it that Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim Al Thani held an earlier talk with Somali President Mohammed Farmajo. Additionally, a meeting was held between Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and His Excellency, Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, the Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution. This was confirmed by the Presidency on its official twitter handle.
It could be recalled that both countries had issues with ownership of reserves for gas and oil located in Jubbaland. In recent times, Somalia cut ties with Kenya following accusations of interference.