SOMALIA : In one of the most dramatic events, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo has announced the end of the country’s diplomatic dispute with Kenya.
A report by Somalia’s leading publication Garowe Online indicated that the two leaders agreed to set aside their differences after intervention from the Amir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The Amir’s message was delivered by Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, who is the Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution.
The envoy also delivered a special message to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Thursday. May 6, 2021.
Citing unconfirmed ‘political interference’, Somalia ended ties with Kenya on December 2020, insisting that Nairobi was determined to bring down the government in Mogadishu by working with ‘unfriendly’ states and opposition.
Kenya vehemently denied the allegations, and would later be supported by a committee of diplomats from Djibouti, who had been appointed by the Intergovernmental Authority and Development(IGAD) which is responsible for regional peace.
Although Kenya has not publicly commented on the latest development, it’s however understood that Qatar played an important role in the restoration of the diplomatic relationship. For Almost a week, Emir Sheikh Tamim of Qatar had dispatched Mutlaq Alqahtahi, a lead mediator to Somalia and Kenya.
Earlier this week, Alqahtahi met several top government officials in Somalia, where he asked both the opposition and government to work together for the sake of holding elections. On Thursday, he travelled to Nairobi, where he met president Uhuru Kenyatta and handed over a message of ‘goodwill’ from Emir Sheikh Tamim .
“The Amir’s message was delivered to the president by Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majed Alqahtahi, who is the special envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and mediation of Conflict Resolution,” State House Nairobi announced.
Mogadishu had cut off relations with Nairobi in December 2020 over alleged meddling of their elections that have been marred with violence.
The Somali government severed the diplomatic ties with the Kenyan government in an announcement that was made in the wee hours of Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
In the announcement, Somalia Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe issued Kenyan diplomats residing in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country.
At the same time, Dubbe recalled its diplomats who are stationed in Nairobi.
The Flag of Somalia accused Kenya of political interference and violations against its sovereignty.
Mogadishu indicated that the move has seen the regional President of Jubaland renege on the election agreement reached on September 17, 2020, in Somalia’s capital
Somalia added that it strongly upheld principles of interdependence and maintaining friendly relations with neighbouring countries but believes that the Kenyan government’s actions are not in line with internationally recognised diplomatic relations enjoyed by sovereign states.