Somalia and Kenya restore diplomatic and trade ties

By , July 15, 2022 10:19 pm
Somalian president Hassan Mohamed (left) and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (right)

Somalia and Kenya signed trade and diplomatic agreement during the visit by Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya.

Trade and diplomatic relations between the two countries was at its lowest under the previous administration of the Somali federal government led by Mohamed Farmaajo due to maritime border disputes.

The newly signed trade and diplomatic agreement will allow Somalia to begin exporting fish to Kenya while Kenya will resume the export of Khat to Somalia. Also, Kenya Airways flight schedules “will resume immediately based on existing bilateral air services agreement (BASA).

On the diplomatic agreement, the two countries agreed to process visa requirements for holders of ordinary Somali passports within 10 working days; whereas for diplomats and holders of Somali Service Passports, visas to Nairobi will be free of charge, and upon arrival following completion of online visa application, supported by a Note Verbale signed by the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two countries agreed to iron out their diplomatic issues through a common organ known as the Joint Commission on Cooperation.