Category Archives: Somália

President Kenyatta, Farmaajo Meet to Normalize Kenya-Somali Relations

Via: The African Exponent

After their last peace agreement meeting credited to Egypt’s President Abdelfattah al-Sis in New York after the last UN General Assembly, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said he was still bent on allowing the International Court of Justice intervenes in the maritime row between both countries. This came after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had organized a similar meeting a few months prior. However, it appears both leaders are ready to consider an agreement on the matter after both President Kenyatta and President Farmaajo met yesterday in Nairobi.

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Kenya, Somalia Reach Peace Agreement over Border Disputes

Via: The African Exponent

Somalia and Kenya have agreed to end the border disputes between the two countries. In the past few months, both countries have experienced strained relations as regards to ownership and control of border territories. The dispute resulted in the loss of properties worth millions of dollars and the displacement of thousands of people. After the meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the presidents of Kenyan and Somali have agreed ‘to restore relations to the previous status and ‘take diplomatic steps to build confidence between the two governments’.

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Qatar to build new port in Somalia

Via: Al Jazeera

Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia’s Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf rivals. Hobyo, in the central region of Mudug, is an important Somali port owing to its proximity to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which is one of the most important sea crossing points in the world, with the potential for access to international markets. The small but wealthy Gulf state has looked to strengthen ties with Somalia, donating a fleet of 68 armoured vehicles this year and airlifting Mogadishu’s mayor to Doha for emergency medical treatment last month after an ultimately fatal attack by al-Shabab. Somalia refused to take sides after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a political, trade and transport boycott on Qatar in mid-2017 over accusations that it supports armed groups, a charge Doha denies.

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