The Federal Government of Somalia has recalled its ambassador in Kenya over blatant interferences in the internal and political affairs of the country in which they claimed has the potential to be a hindrance to the stability, security and development of the entire region.
Somalia has also ordered Kenya’s ambassador Lt-Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo to depart the country for urgent consultations.
“ In recent weeks, it has become apparent to the Federal Government of Somalia that the Kenyan government is placing great political pressure on the regional President of Jubaland, Mr. Axmed Maxamed Islaan (Madobe) in order to pursue its political and economic interests in Somalia.
” The Federal Government of Somalia understands that as a result of the Kenyan government’s political interferences in the internal affairs of Somalia, the regional President of Jubaland, has reneged on the election agreement that was reached on the 17th September 2020 in Mogadishu, ” wrote the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in part of the statement.
Last year, Kenya expelled Somali’s Ambassador Mohamoud Ahmed Nurto over alleged auctioning of oil and gas blocks in disputed territorial waters of the Indian Ocean.
Kenya and Somalia have been fighting a territorial dispute case at the International Court of Justice. Somalia argues that the maritime border between the two countries should extend diagonally into the sea and not eastwards as it is today. But Kenya has argued that this may also affect its sea border with Tanzania.