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African Union calls for talks to end Kenya Somalia feud

African Union calls for talks to end Kenya Somalia feud

By Yunis Dekow

The diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia is a major concern for the African Union, according to the chairman of the African Union Commission as he urged urgent talks between the two sides.

The African Union has warned of dire consequences, saying it could jeopardize regional security.

AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat addressed the issue on Sunday during the 38th Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Djibouti.

He said Somalia and Kenya should resolve their differences through dialogue to ensure regional co-operation against al-Shabaab.

Mr Faki noted that the two countries share a long history of good neighbourliness. “Kenya, it should be noted, is a country that contributes troops to AMISOM and hosts the largest number of Somali refugees abroad,” Faki said. “He said,” [said the chairman of the African Union.

The presidents of Somalia and Kenya held a face-to-face meeting yesterday to discuss the issue.

This cames after Somalia cut off ties with Kenya accusing it of blatant interference in its internal affairs.

Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Uhuru Kenyatta held a closed-door meeting in the company of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia) and Djibouti president Omar Gelleh ahead of the summit Sunday.

Days after cutting diplomatic ties with Kenya, Somalia accused Kenya of mobilizing troops and arming militia groups to attack an area along their shared border on Saturday.

In a statement, Somalia said “the federal government of Somalia is closely following the Kenyan government’s ongoing military mobilization in the Mandera area” of Northern Kenya.

Somalia accused Kenya of arming an illegal insurgency along the porous Kenya-Somali border to attack bases of the Somali national army in the region of Beled-Hawo.

“The federal government of Somalia warns the Kenyan government against actions that are detrimental to the overall security of the Horn of Africa region,” the statement said, adding that Kenya’s alleged actions could lead to insecurity and instability in the region.

As the diplomatic tiff between the two East African countries worsens, Kenya maintains that dialogue at a diplomatic level will solve their issues, saying it will not resort to any aggressive measures.



By Yunis Dekow