Kenya on Monday, June 14 accepted an invitation from Somalia to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu.
In what comes out as Kenya indicating her intentions to restore diplomatic relations with her neighbour, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is welcoming the decision by Somalia.
“We welcomes and acknowledge the invitation by the federal government of Somalia to restore diplomatic relations. Government of the Republic of Kenya will proceed to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu as soon as possible,” said the ministry in a statement.
The statement also said that Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya was invited to resume duties in Nairobi as well.
The statement from Somalia’s Foreign Ministry read; “The Foreign Affairs Ministry presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya and has the honor to reiterate that the Federal Government of Somalia has announced to normalize the diplomatic relations between the two countries. The resumption of full diplomatic relations will be a positive start to the commencement of bilateral discussions between the two nations.”
Just few days ago, Kenya reopened its airspace to flights from Somalia after suspension. Kenya had suspended flights originating from Somalia for almost a month under because of the diplomatic tiff between the two nations.
Somalia has affirmed its commitment to restore diplomatic, trade and people-to-people relations between the two Horn of Africa countries.
“The Federal Government of Somalia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation avails itself at the earliest opportunity and proposes formation for a joint committee with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Government of Kenya to come up with modalities leading to full restoration of diplomatic ties between the two nations,” Somalia said through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.