KINSHASA (SD) – Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has last night arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to attend new round of Somalia-Kenya talks barely five months after their diplomatic ties severed, sources confirmed
The outgoing president Farmajo has made his first foreign trip to DRC with his Villa Somalia insisting that he will be holding talks with DRC president, Felix Tshisekedi on how to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Somalia and the DRC.
Reliable sources privy to the plan said Farmajo and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya were requested by President Tshisekedi who is African Union Chairperson, to resume their talks in Kinsha.
Uhuru is expected to arrive in Kinshasa in the forthcoming hours.
Somalia severed its diplomatic relations with its neighbouring Kenya last year, citing frequent violation of Mogadishu’s sovereignty, a claim dismissed by Kenyan authorities.
The horn of Africa nation withdrew its diplomats from Kenya and expelled Kenyan diplomats from Mogadishu.
The decision by Somalia influenced by Kenya’s invitation to Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi who arrived in Nairobi last December and inked cooperation agreement with President Uhuru.
Both Somalia and Kenya are also contesting ownership of a triangular territory measuring 100,000km2 in the Indian Ocean boundary.
Somalia went to International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014 following what it termed as failure to settle the matter with her neighbour, Kenya bilaterally.
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