Kenya recalls Somalia envoy over disputed ocean territory

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to neighbouring Somalia following a dispute over an ocean territory which has shown to have potential reserves of gas.

Ambassador Lucas Tumbo was recalled “for urgent consultations after [Somalia] auctioned off” oil blocks in the disputed territory in the Indian Ocean, state-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) said.

“Political and Diplomatic Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau termed the auction as an illegal grab of the country‚Äôs resources which amounts to an act of aggression against Kenyan sovereignty,” KBC said.

Kenya now plans to take Somalia to the International Court of Justice to seek redress on the matter, the station added.

There has been no immediate reaction from Somalia’s government to Kenya’s move.

According to the East African newspaper, Kenya has also ordered Somali ambassador to Nairobi Mohamoud Ahmed Nur to leave the country.

In 2015, the Somali government submitted its dispute with Kenya over their sea border to the International Court of Justice.

The dispute has been going on for several years and it may take several years before the court rules on the matter.

Source: and news agencies