Kenya delegation to Somaliland seeks to cement diplomatic ties

A Kenyan delegation led by National Assembly Minority Leader Junet Mohamed has arrived in the capital of the breakaway region of Somaliland.
The move is likely to anger Mogadishu which has maintained that the breakaway state is still part of the country.
Junet was received by officials from the Somaliland administration at Hargeisa airport.
Kenya and Somalia have a had a hot and cold relationship in the recent times over the maritime dispute and the deep involvement of Kenyan troops in protecting Jubaland leaders.
A wanted Jubaland minister of security who had been arrested in Mogadishu escaped from jail and escaped into Kenya’s town of Mandera, prompting Somalia to call on international community to intervene.
The Kenyan delegation will meet officials from Somaliland and discuss with them relations between Kenya and the Somali breakaway region.
Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained international recognition since then