Somalia Reopens It’s Nairobi Based Kenyan Embassy after 26 years

The Somalia embassy in Kenya situated along Nairobi's Lower Kabete Road

Somalilandsun: Kenya’s diplomatic relations with Somalia are at an all-time high, with the eastern neighbor reopening its embassy in the country after 26 years.

The current premises along the Lower Kabete Road were purchased by the Somali government in 1972 and have not been used since 1994, when Somalia fell into turmoil.

“Standing here, looking at this sparkling building, I don’t see just a cool office building. I see a symbol of Somalia rising from its ashes to greatness, like the proverbial Phoenix,” said the Honorable Ababu Namwamba of CAS Foreign Affairs. colorful ceremony.

“Our common effort for lasting peace, viable stability and

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba (left) and Somali Ambassador to Kenya Ahmed Isse Awad (right) at the opening ceremony in Nairobi

sustainable development for our peoples and our region continue to underpin the need for our mutual cooperation,” he added.

He then ensured the commitment of the Somali government of Kenya to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries through trade and people-to-people interactions, and also to defend the issues of Somalia and those of the continent on the world stage during his tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council 2021/22.

Somalia’s new cordial ties with its neighbor come just 7 days after the disembarkation of a Kenyan delegation in Mogadishu, Somalia, on a mission to explore investment opportunities and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Led by Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Principal Foreign Secretary, the team was received by Somali envoy Mohamed Ali Nur.

Kenyan team to Mogadishu Led by Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Principal Foreign Secretary, was received by Somali envoy Mohamed Ali Nur. File photy

The visit by Kenyan officials was seen as an indication that the peace efforts of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo are finally bearing fruit.

Somalia has experienced almost constant conflict since the collapse of its central government in 1991.

Earlier this year, Kenya summoned its Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia, Ambassador Lieutenant General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo.

Kenyan envoy to Somalia Ambassador Lieutenant General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo.

He was recalled to Nairobi for urgent consultations. This was the consequence of the most regrettable decision of the Somali government to auction off oil and gas blocks in Kenya’s maritime territorial area which borders Somalia.

By officially reopening its embassy, ​​the Somali government has pledged its commitment to boosting international trade, as well as helping to combat and rehabilitate banned groups.

In March 2020, countries agreed to appoint joint committees to resolve border tensions.

The two leaders discussed a range of bilateral issues, stressing the importance of their joint cooperation to strengthen security along the borders and in the region.

Somalia President Farmajo and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at a past meeting