Somalia Accuses Kenya of Pursuing Annexation of Its Territory

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia accused Kenya of pursuing to annex parts of its territory as relations between the two countries plummet to a new low, following Somali federal government’s expulsion of Kenyan ambassador on Sunday.

Somali Minister of Information Osman Abokor Dube said the Kenyan government crossed all boundaries of good neighbor diplomacy and instead chose to pursue the annexation of parts of Somalia’s territory.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Mr Dube described Kenya’s interference in Somalia’s internal affairs as similar to Ethiopia Tigray regime’s treatment of the Somali government and complimented the current Ethiopian administration under Abiy Ahmed for bringing an end to the legacy of Tigrayan government.

It comes days after Somalia summoned back its ambassador to Nairobi Mohamud Nur Tarsan and expelled his Kenyan counterpart in Mogadishu. The move triggered worsening of already strained relations.

Somali government said the decision was taken in response to Kenya’s interference in Somalia elections, but its opposition called for rescinding the expulsion of Kenyan envoy, saying the move was made to stoke domestic nationalism and advance the incumbent president’s reelection bid.

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