Somalilandsun: Kenya is to deploy a new Consular General to Hargeisa the capital of Somaliland.
This is as per a deal reached in December 202 between Presidents Musa Bihi and Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
Apart from the establishment of direct diplomatic channels the Nairobi deal also agreed , on direct Kenya Airways flights to Hargeisa as well as knowledge and skills exchange among others.
The Somaliland- Kenya pact came hours after Somalia, which sees Somaliland as its territory, severed ties with Kenya in protest against what it called constant interference with its internal affairs. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and is routinely treated as separate from that country, but Somalia has never recognized it.
Ababu Namwamba, Kenya’s Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed this news of the Hargeisa consulate on April 22.
Namwamba was speaking during the induction of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Members of Parliament (MPs).
The l event also served as the induction ceremony of the new Secretary General of the East African Community Secretariat.
With this move, Kenya becomes the sixth nation to establish new diplomatic missions in Somaliland.
Other countries that have opened representative offices in Somaliland include Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.