Somali maritime delegation return to Mogadishu from the Hague

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A delegation from the Federal Government of Somalia has recently returned to the capital Mogadishu after attending the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in the maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya.

The delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled Khadar, was welcomed at Aden Adde International Airport by ministers, lawmakers, politicians and federal government officials.

The government delegation from The Hague in the Netherlands thanked them for the warm welcome and said they were happy with the success of the disputed maritime case in Kenya.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on October 12 ruled in favor of Somalia in a maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya, rejecting Kenya’s main argument that there is a border between Somalia and Kenya along the latitude line.

The debate between the two countries was, in Somalia’s position, that the demarcation should be based on a straight line along the maritime border, while Kenya wanted a demarcation line.

The court established a new maritime boundary between the two countries, and according to the new line, most of the territorial claims claimed by Kenya were rejected and ruled in favor of Somalia.

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