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Somalia: If Kenya could violate the African charter, it would recognize Somaliland

Mogadishu (SD) – Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud explained why the Somali government has cut ties with Kenya.

Minister Mohamed Abdirizak, speaking to the VOA, said Kenya had committed many violations against Somalia’s sovereignty.

“When we summoned our ambassador to Nairobi, we then took diplomatic steps, including contacting IGAD and the AU, but Kenya did not take any steps to open a dialogue with Somalia,” he said.

“Kenya is our neighbor and we would like to have a relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation, but Kenya was not willing to do that,” he said.

The minister was asked about Somalia’s grievances against Kenya, and responded that there were many abuses committed by Kenya, which are documented by the Somali government.

“These are the issues we want to bring to the table when we sit down at the table,” said Minister Mohamed Abdirizak.

He said the Somali government strongly opposes the invitation of Somaliland President Muse Bihi to Nairobi, and Somalia was upset about that move.

“If Kenya could break the law and violate the African charter today, it would recognize Somaliland. But got close and the exaggeration given to the reception of Muse Bihi, is an indication of how our country is being attacked, and tomorrow there is nothing stopping Kenya in honoring another Somali region the same way,” he said.

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