Diplomatic row intensifies as Somalia bans direct flights from Nairobi to Kismayu

In what appears as an escalation of the diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia, Mogadishu has banned direct flights from Nairobi to Kismayu. Somali will, further, scrutinize and vet all gods and people making entry into Somalia from Kenya. The statement served to ban all air travel from Nairobi to Kismayu and instead reroute it to Mogadishu. Kismayu is qualified as Somalia’s most prominent business hub. Prior to this state directive, Kenyan planes could land in Kismayu, Mogadishu and the town of Garbaharey, in addition to access in dozens of…

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US intervenes in Kenya-Somalia diplomatic row, as geopolitics battles over Mogadishu intensify

The US has been drawn into the murky waters of the Kenya-Somalia diplomatic row over the ocean boundary dispute. On Monday, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma met US representative in Somalia Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and discussed the recent developments between the two states. “Received & held a meeting with Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Representative of the USA to Somalia. Exchanged views on the state of play in Somalia & our roles in the pursuit of regional peace and security. Accompanying Amb. Yamamoto was Amb. Kyle McCarter, US Ambassador to Kenya,”…

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