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Somalia, Kenya ink deals on khat, aviation as relations warm
  • Fish imports from Somalia and Miraa exports from Kenya are expected to start up again “with immediate effect”
  • Kenyatta and Mohamud agreed to allow Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, to resume its flights to Mogadishu
  • All parties reached an agreement to begin issuing courtesy visas to those in possession of diplomatic passports

The presidents of Kenya and Somalia have signed various agreements, including one to recommence trading of the stimulant khat, according to the two countries foreign ministers.

The July 15, 2022 agreement signifies that diplomatic relations are strengthening between the two Eastern African countries.

Fish imports from Somalia and Miraa exports from Kenya are expected to start again “with immediate effect,” according to a joint declaration issued by Kenyan and Somali officials.

The two nations have “decided to facilitate, diversify, and develop economic and trade cooperation and ordered the speedy market access of fish products and fish from Somalia …

On November 29, Somalia President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo recalled his envoy to Nairobi.

This was just the curtain-raiser for the events that have unfolded fast over the course of less than a month.

On December 7, Somalia’s immigration and citizenship authority said that Kenyan nationals travelling to Somalia would need to obtain visas before arriving in the country. This came after a change announced in the Somali language and broadcast by several outlets in Somalia.

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In the announcement, diplomatic passport holders must obtain prior approval from Somalia’s foreign affairs ministry with the directive taking effect on December 13.

On December 15, Somalia went all out cutting diplomatic ties with Kenya over what the country said was Kenya’s interference and trying to ‘infringe upon the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia’.

The latest in the fast-escalating diplomatic spat between the …