Daily Nation : – Kenya, Somalia take first step to normalise relations

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (left) held talks with Somalia’s Mohamed Farmaajo (right) in a meeting brokered by Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2019. PHOTO | VILLA SOMALIA 

In Summary

Somalia says Presidents Kenyatta and Farmaajo have agreed to normalise relations.

Meeting of the two leaders brokered by AU chairman President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt.

Relations between Somalia and Kenya have deteriorated over a maritime border dispute.

 


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 2019
By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohamed Farmaajo of Somalia say they have agreed to normalise relations between the two sides, but fell short of a deal on the simmering maritime dispute.

In their first face-to-face meeting since March, the two leaders met in New York on Tuesday night to discuss Nairobi-Mogadishu relations which have recently gone cold as they fight over the flow of the sea border.

Somalia says the meeting brokered by Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York was only the first steps to normalise relations between the two sides.

Mr Sisi, the current chairman of the African Union, arranged the meeting after Kenya requested an out-of-court negotiations through the continental bloc over the maritime boundary dispute.

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