In a ‘response’ appearing on the social media, U.S ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter confirms visit to Somalia but says only met with the President’s advisors over the maritime case
Somalia has refuted reports in sections of the Kenyan media that U.S ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter met with President Mohamed Farmaajo to push for the withdrawal of the maritime case from the ICJ but confirmed the ambassador’s visit to the country.
Somali ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Nur Tarsan said Tuesday evening in his Facebook page ambassador McCarter did visit Somalia but did not meet with the president.
“There was no meeting between President Mohamed Farmaajo and the U.S ambassador to Kenya when he was in Mogadishu a few months ago. The Kenyan newspaper which made this claim should verify what they are publishing,” ambassador Tarsan said.
According to an article by the Daily Nation, the ambassador is quoted as saying he did meet with President Farmaajo and asked him to pull out the case with Kenya from the International Court of Justice. Somalia sued Kenyan in 2014 over the triangular territory in the Indian Ocean border.
“I’ve been to Mogadishu to speak to the Somalia president. I told him to pull off the court case,” the quote from the ambassador according to Daily Nation read in part.
According to a response from the ambassador as sought by a Somali used based group, ambassador McCarter confirmed visiting Somalia but did not meet the President but his advisors. “No I did not meet him, nor did I say that I did. I met with some of his advisors and asked them how they thought this should be resolved,” the response read in part.