Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Somalia’s government announced it has severed ties with strategic neighbor Kenya “to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the country.”
The dispute could negatively affect cooperation in the fight against the terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia, where Kenya provides 3,600 soldiers to the African Union peacekeeping force.
Somali Information Minister Osman Dube told the state news agency that Somalia was calling back its diplomats from Kenya and ordered Kenyan diplomats to leave Somalia within seven days,
Minister Dube added that this move was an answer to the constant political violation and Kenya's open interference in Somalia's independence but did not go into specifics.
The latest decision came a day after the leader of the breakaway territory of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi ended a three-day visit to Kenya where he was received by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.