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Kenya not to open Embassy in Hargeisa

Nairobi January 14, 2023 (SD) – Kenya’s Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua today dismissed that Kenya is planning to open a consulate in Somaliland, and reaffirmed that Kenya only has an embassy in Mogadishu, and intends to maintain the brotherly relationship between the two countries.

“I want to clarify that Kenya does not have plans to establish a embassy in Hargeysa, as stated on some social media platforms and by some who have wrongly stated so,” said Dr Alfred Mutua.

The statement from the Kenyan foreign minister comes in the wake of reports that on January 9th, Kenyan President William Ruto issued an order that Kenya will open embassies and consulates in six countries including Somaliland.

Kenya currently has a liaison office in Hargeisa. It’s worth noting that Somaliland is not internationally recognized as an independent state, but it has been claiming to be one since 1991.

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