Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Raychelle Omamo Said, Kenya Was Treating Somaliland As Part Of A Federal Somalia.
January 21, 2022 - Written by qoriadmin


IMAGE QUOTE, KENYA MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS,The Caption, During his visit to Kenya, Muse Bihi was welcomed by a senior member of the Kenyan government, Ababu Namwamba.

The Kenyan government has for the first time addressed the issue of Somaliland’s recognition, following a recent parliamentary debate on the issue.

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Raychelle Omamo said Kenya was treating Somaliland as part of a federal Somalia, saying Somaliland had not submitted an application to Kenya for recognition as an independent state.

Omamo also spoke about the crisis in Ethiopia. She said Kenya would not forget Ethiopia, and would continue to negotiate softly and use soft diplomacy to end the crisis in its neighbor.

The minister’s comments come as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the BBC that the situation in Ethiopia was difficult for the international community to resolve, with the Addis Ababa government persistently ignoring what he called foreign intervention.

She added that Kenya was discussing with Ethiopia the need for national dialogue, a ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.



Photo caption,Lawmaker Gavin Williamson takes the debate on Somaliland’s recognition to parliament

The British Parliament held a lengthy debate on Somaliland’s recognition this week.

The debate, which was a multi-faceted one between lawmakers on the Somaliland issue and how the UK government would deal with it, lasted for more than an hour.

Lawmakers were largely in favor of the debate presented by Gavin Williamson, a member of parliament who introduced the motion to debate Somaliland’s recognition.

Gavin briefed parliament on Somaliland’s progress in security and democracy, citing a number of reasons why the UK wants to recognize Somaliland.

Musa Bihi was welcomed by a senior member of the Kenyan administration, Ababu Namwamba.


Photo caption,Musa Bihi was welcomed by a senior member of the Kenyan administration, Ababu Namwamba.

It was in December 2020 that the President of the Self-Declared Independent Republic of Somaliland paid an official visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Muse Bihi met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying they discussed common interests.

Muse Bihi’s visit comes at a time of deteriorating relations between Kenya and the Federal Government of Somalia.

On November 29, the same year, a statement from the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the ambassador to Nairobi had been summoned to Mogadishu, while the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia had been ordered to return home. go back to consult with his government.

“The Federal Government of Somalia has taken this decision while preserving its national sovereignty, after it appeared that Kenya was deliberately interfering in the internal affairs of Somalia, particularly Jubbaland,” the statement said.

Kenya denies interference in Somalia’s internal affairs.

Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia 30 years ago, but has not received international recognition since.

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