The Somali government has severed diplomatic ties with the Kenyan government in an announcement that was made in the wee hours of Tuesday, December 15.
In the announcement, Somalia Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe issued Kenyan diplomats residing in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country.
At the same time, Dubbe recalled its diplomats who are stationed in Nairobi.
The Flag of Somalia accused that of Kenya of political interference and violations against its sovereignty.
Mogadishu indicated that the move has since the regional President of Jubaland reneged on the election agreement reached on September 17, 2020 in Mogadishu.
The announcement came hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta met the President of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, at State House Nairobi.
In a rejoinder, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kenya indicated that it had not received any official or verbal communication from the Federal Repulic of Somalia requesting Kenya’s ambassador in Somalia to leave.
The Federal Government of Somalia does not recognise Somaliland’s claim to autonomy and has protested Kenya’s recognition of the breakaway territories.