Somalia, Kenya to resolve maritime row in ‘mutually acceptable manner’

Somalia and Kenya have will resolve the maritime row in a ‘mutually acceptable manner’ following a meeting between the presidents of the two countries.

A tweet from the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Monica Juma following a joint conference between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohamed Farmaajo noted the two leaders had resolved to restore relations and find amicable solutions to the maritime case.

“President Farmajo expressed gratitude for the role of Kenya in AMISOM, hospitality to Somalis refugees, and expressed his confidence that the ICJ issue would be resolved in a mutually acceptable manner and not affect our bilateral relations,” the tweet reads.

It was not immediately clear if the mutual resolution of the matter referred to withdrawal of the case which is currently before the International Court of Justice.

Juma added the two leaders also agreed to ease visa restrictions and allow visa upon arrival.

“They reaffirmed the invaluable relations between Kenya & Somalia as neighbours. The two principals agreed to bring normality to our bilateral relations & do everything to ensure peaceful relations including obtaining visas on arrival to encourage free movement of our people.”

More to follow.

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