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Somalia to discuss Kenyan dispute with US, Security Council

Washington (SD) – Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak, who is in the United States said he would discuss Kenya Somalia conflict with US government.

Mohamed Abdirizak also said he planned to meet with members of the UN Security Council, to convey Somalia’s grievances and raise concerns about what he described as a violation of the country’s territorial integrity.

“We are deeply saddened, and we do not want Kenya to interfere in our affairs, be it our political affairs or our borders, without their permission, for their planes to enter our country and bombard Somalis, their livestock, and their property. ” the minister told the Voa.

He noted that Somalia had benefited from their decision to sever ties with Kenya, adding they communicated with countries around the world that never heard of Somalia’s issues and showed Somalia respect.

The Federal Government of Somalia announced in December 2020 that it had officially cut diplomatic ties with Kenya, days after a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi.

An extraordinary IGAD summit in Djibouti on December 20 last year also issued a statement that was said to be a prelude to resolving the conflict between Somalia and Kenya.

Somalia’s foreign minister Mohamed Abdirizak at the time told the nation Somalia had agreed to resolve the crisis within IGAD, its not clear what prompted the reversal.

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