Somalia denies withdrawing from marime border case with Kenya

Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guleid  has denied that the Somali government has withdrawn its maritime case from the ICJ.

Mahdi Mohamed Guleid  Khadar, who led the Somali delegation to the ICJ, said the case was being prosecuted.

“The maritime dispute will be finalized by the @CIJ_ICJ following oral hearing was completed in March 15-18 this year, ” DPM Guleid said in a Twitter post.

Both are at present before the World Court to adjudicate the maritime boundary dispute.

There have been reports in the past few hours on social media and some media outlets that the two countries are reaching an out-of-court settlement, led by Qatar.

The Somali government announced on Thursday that it has resumed relations with Kenya after talks with Somali officials in Mogadishu with a Qatari envoy.

Nairobi said it took note of the statement and was looking forward “to further normalisation of relations by the Somali authorities”.

Somalia cut ties on December 15 after Kenya hosted the leadership of Somaliland, a breakaway state not recognised by the central government in Mogadishu.

Mogadishu has long bristled over what it calls Kenya’s meddling in regions over its border, while Nairobi has accused Mogadishu of using it as a scapegoat for its own political problems.

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