Kenya Lifts Flight Ban On Somalia
Kenya has lifted its ban on flights to and from Somalia after nearly one month ban amid a diplomatic tiff between the two neighbouring countries.
In a statement, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the move is a “goodwill measure” in the hope it will restore normalisation of relations.
”This goodwill measure has been made in the mutual interest of our countries and in the hope that it will cause the full normalisation of bilateral relations between Kenya and Somalia including diplomatic, trade and people to people linkages that have undergone undue strain,” read part of the statement.
Kenya suspended flights to and from Somalia last month after two countries restored diplomatic ties after a five-month break.
Somalia’s government’s ban on Kenyan flights carrying khat is said to be the reason why Kenya suspended the flights.
Somalia severed diplomatic ties with Kenya after President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the president of Somaliland.
Somalia restored diplomatic relations with Kenya after mediation by Qatar but days later the two East African countries severed ties.