The Federal Republic of Somalia has cut diplomatic relations with neighboring Kenya citing continuous political interference and blatant violations of Somalia’s sovereignty.
In a statement read out by Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe very early this morning, Somalia also said it was withdrawing all its diplomats from Kenya and ordered all Kenyan diplomats to leave its territories within the next 7 days.
The development comes amid deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two countries in the last few months, with Mogadishu constantly accusing Nairobi of interfering in its political affairs.
It also comes after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted on Monday the leader of the breakaway region of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, at State House in Nairobi.
Kenya has yet to react to Somalia’s move but a response is expected from its Foreign Ministry today.
A source close to President Farmaajo said at least 100,000 Kenyans working in various sectors of Somalia’s economy risk losing their jobs if Kenya is cited as an enemy.
“President Farmaajo will soon declare Kenya an enemy and that means more than 100,000 people could lose their jobs directly. Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government should find a solution to avert this crisis,” said the source.
Nairobi has accused Somalia of double standards by banning flights from Kenya citing Covid-19, yet Ethiopia’s miraa exports are allowed in Somalia.
In August, Farmaajo’s regime demanded that Kenya “must treat Somalia as an equal, desist from interfering in Somalia’s internal affairs, apologise for violating Somalia airspace, allow in goods from Somalia, including fish, rice, sugar, honey, meat and milk and stop forcing flights from Somalia to make a stop-over in Wajir for inspection”.
Somalia also demanded a government-to-government talks after it snubbed a delegation of traders and officials from Kenya crops regulator — Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA).
If Kenya leaves Somalia, yes leave totally with our troops, Alshabaab will overrun the entire Somalia and Mogadishu in a matter of days. Remember Amisom is formed by Kenyan troops. We are protecting enemies who want to throw us out at the earliest opportunity #Somaliafarts
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) December 15, 2020
The deteriorating relationship between Kenya and Somalia and the unhelpful tensions and negaactivity we are seeing is dangerous for the region. President Uhuru must step up diplomacy to restore normalcy between the sister states.
— Sen.Moses Wetang'ula (@Wetangulam) December 15, 2020