Senior Kenyan and Somali officials meet weeks after ICJ ruling


Senior Kenyan and Somali officials meet weeks after ICJ ruling

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A delegation led by the Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia, Lieutenant General [Rtd] Lucas Tumbo first met Somalia’s foreign affairs team, days after the International Court of Justice [ICJ] ruled on the maritime border line between the two nations.

The Somali team was led by Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, who spoke out on the maritime dispute, which significantly derailed relations between the two countries.

Officials said the meeting aimed to establish a joint commission for cooperation which was agreed upon when Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble met with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

Roble’s trip to Nairobi took place a few weeks before the ICJ decision which further strained relations between the two countries. Kenya has already vowed not to accept the ICJ’s ruling, arguing it was one-sided.

“The Foreign Ministers of Somalia and Kenya agreed at their meeting in Mogadishu to expedite the third session of the Joint Committee to move forward in areas of common interest, including trade, l investment, security, defense, agriculture, tourism and people. relationships with people. “

On the other hand, Somalia urged Kenya to accept the court’s ruling, noting that the East African nation should focus on life without criticizing the ICJ. It’s unclear what action Nairobi will take, but the case could end up in the United Nations Security Council [UNSC].

With Kenya insisting that it will not cede even an inch of the disputed area, there have been substantive meetings mainly negotiated by international teams, who wish to reconcile the two nations. Under the reign of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, Kenya’s relations with Somalia have hit rock bottom.

Besides the maritime dispute, the two nations are fighting over the administration of Jubaland, which works closely with Nairobi. Jubaland’s leadership was instrumental for Kenya, especially in the fight against Al-Shabaab.



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