Somali leaders in meeting over row with Kenya

Leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia held an emergency meeting on Saturday night to deliberate on the steps the government should take after Kenya recalled its ambassador to Mogadishu over a maritime dispute.

The meeting, which was attended by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre and key members of the cabinet, reportedly discussed the government’s response to the diplomatic escalation from Kenya.

Following Kenyan government’s order, Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan returned to Mogadishu on Sunday morning.

In a surprise move, Kenya on Saturday recalled its ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered the Somali envoy out of the country over Somalia’s alleged auctioning of oil and gas blocks in Kenya’s maritime territorial area.

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

The case is still before the court.