Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan, has walked out of a meeting of international diplomats based in Kenya, according to sources.
According to our sources, the conference was to be addressed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and was his last pre-election speech.
According to our reports, when Amb. Tarsan arrived at the venue, he saw the Somaliland flag and a representative of Somaliland sitting, much to his chagrin.
Amb. Tarsan rejected the idea for the conference to be attended by Somaliland, which claims independence from Somalia, prompting the ambassador to walk out of the conference angrily.
Kenya has in recent years stepped up diplomatic relations with Somaliland, following a bitter feud with the former government of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
However, Somalia and Kenya have clashed politically in recent years, even once between the two embassies, and the exacerbated crisis over the maritime case before the ICJ, which Somalia won.