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Farmajo to jet off to Djibouti for IGAD summit over Somalia-Kenya tension

Mogadishu (SD) – Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will later today be traveling to Djibouti to attend IGAD summit slated for Sunday.

Part of the bloc’s agenda is to discuss the diplomatic row between Somalia and Kenya.

Somalia mid this week announced that it sought the intervention of IGAD over the deteriorating relations with Kenya.

The country’s foreign ministry said IGAD leadership affirmed the issue will be talked in the upcoming summit of heads of states on 20th December.

Both Somalia and Kenya had traded accusations with Somalia saying the East Africa nation intrudes its internal affairs as Kenya dismisses it as baseless.

Late last month, Somalia expelled Kenya ambassador and called its ambassador back to Somalia for ‘consultation’.

But the relations between the two further deteriorated after Kenya extended invitation to Somaliland President and subsequently announced a further step to open a new consulate in Hargeisa, the administrative capital of Somaliland.

Today, Somalia renewed the accusations levelled against Kenya saying Kenya military and Somali militia forces were being deployed in Mandera town to attack Beled-Hawa town in Somalia.

Somalia also claims that Kenya pressures Jubbaland state leader Ahmed Mohamed Madobe to turn down implementation of 2020/2021 electoral process in his state.

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