October 6, 2022

Kenya apologizes to Somali Gov over Somaliland flag incident

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The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologized for displaying the Somaliland flag at an event hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the invitation of international diplomats in Nairobi.

Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan left the event after seeing the Somaliland flag and Somaliland’s envoy to Nairobi.

The Somali embassy later wrote a complaint letter to the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying the move violated Somalia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In response, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to the Somali embassy tonight, apologizing.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets the inadvertent and inappropriate presence of the flag of Somaliland at the Annual Diplomatic Function” the statement said.

“The ministry further wishes to reaffirm its recognition of the sovereignty of one Federal Somali Government and the integrity of the Federal Somali State.

Any inconvenience or embarrassment caused is deeply regretted” the statement added.

The ministry added that it was “deeply saddened” by the tragedy.

Today’s incident comes as Somalia and Kenya try to kickstart closer diplomatic ties after the re-election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta having arrived to Mogadishu for the historic inauguration occassion of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Kenya hopes to re-establish khat exports to Somalia, but the Somali Federal Government has yet to prioritze in making a decision. 

Read below the Statement from Kenyan Foreign Ministry


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