Somalia calls for formation of joint committee to fully restore ties with Kenya

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Somali government lauded Kenya’s move to lift the ban on flights to and from the country.

In a statement, Somali foreign ministry has called for the formation of a joint committee to to work out modalities on the full restoration of diplomatic relations with Kenya.

“The ministry of foreign affairs of Somalia reaffirms its commitment to restore and accelerate diplomatic, trade and people to people relations for the prosperity of Somalia and Kenya,” the ministry said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Thursday evening.

The ministry said that the positive gesture from Kenya is a starting point to commence negotiations aimed at full normalisation of diplomatic relations.

“The two brotherly nations have always collaborated in security, trade and mutual cultural relations which are based on common interests, good neighborliness, respect for sovereignty and political indolence.”

Last Thursday, Kenya said through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the change of heart was necessitated by mutual interests of the two countries, in the hope that full normalisation of bilateral relations will occur.

“The Government of Kenya has taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to re-open Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia,” the statement said.

Kenya had suspended flights originating from Somalia for almost a month as relations between the two countries became frostier.

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