The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Isaak Mohamud Mursal, inaugurated on Wednesday in Nairobi the new building of the residence of the Somali ambassador to Kenya, in the presence of two former prime ministers, two former foreign ministers and other politicians, in addition to a number of ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Kenya.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed his thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Mohamud Ahmed Nur (Tarsan), his colleagues at work and the Somali community for making this valuable work a success, stressing Somalia’s keenness to strengthen its relations with its friendly neighbour Kenya in various fields to serve common interests.
The new building for the residence of the ambassador was newly built within the plot of land owned by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The Somali embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, was reopened in 2021 after six months following a diplomatic row between Kenya and Somalia.
The premises initially purchased in 1972, in Nairobi’s Westlands area, were renovated over the past two years under the tenure of Somalia Ambassador Mohamoud Ahmed Nur ‘Tarsan’.
Kenya and Somalia have had perceived lukewarm relations in the recent past, especially after Somalia sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice over a maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean.