March 06, 2019
Addis Ababa (ENA) – Kenya and Somalia have agreed to take measures in addressing issues that escalated the tensions between the two countries.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as current chairman of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), mediated a discussion between Presidents of Kenya and Somalia on issues of their bilateral concerns this morning in Nairobi.
Accordingly, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have held extensive discussion to resolve the maritime standoff.
Kenya and Somalia were at loggerheads over a narrow triangle off the east coast of Africa’s maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean, about 100,000 square kilometers.
The maritime area of dispute between the neighboring Kenya and Somalia in the Indian Ocean is proven to contain large deposits of oil, gas and tuna.
Last month, Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent Somalia’s diplomat in Kenya to Mogadishu and recalled her representative stationed in Mogadishu, for what it described as “urgent consultations.”
Kenya blamed Somalia for unilaterally selling off oil and gas blocks in the disputed maritime territory at a London auction on February 7 while announcing the drastic measures.
As a result, Kenya had termed the move “unparalleled affront on Kenya” vowing that the “illegal grab” will not go unreturned.