Envoy returns to Mogadishu after row between Kenya, Somalia

Somalias’s envoy to Kenya has returned to Mogadishu a day after a diplomatic row erupted between the two east African nations over a disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.

Mohamoud Ahmed Nur landed at Mogadishu’s main airport on Sunday after being asked to leave Nairobi a few hours earlier.

Kenya has also recalled its ambassador to Somalia, Lt-Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo.

Reports in the Somali media say leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia held an emergency meeting late on Saturday to deliberate on the steps the government should take over the row.

In a surprise move, Kenya 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.

SOURCE: Biladd.com

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