Kenya-Somalia Visa acquisition eased -but will President Mohamed Abdallah agree to end maritime boundary dispute

President Uhuru in a meeting with Somali President

The travel permit between Kenya and Somalia has been eased with the restoration of visa on arrival arrangement agreed on by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali Counterpart Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed.

The bilateral deal between the two nations was signed on Thursday meeting between the two head of states on the sidelines of the just concluded Nairobi ICPD25 summit.

The agreement, according to the two, is aimed at enhancing free and unhindered movement of people and commerce between Kenya and Somalia.

President Kenyatta and Mohamed of Somalia reaffirmed the invaluable relations that exist between the two nations, agreeing to explore other opportunities of strengthening bilateral and diplomatic ties, which can be beneficial.

President Mohamed thanked Kenyatta’s administration for its involvement in the fight against terrorism, saying the country has played a major role in AMISOM bid to tame Al-Shabaab.

Maritime dispute

He also thanked Kenyans for the continued hospitality services they accord to Somali refugees.

On maritime boundary dispute, Mohamed was categorical that the International Court of Justice in The Hague will resolve the issue amicably and in a mutual manner.

The disputed maritime area covers an estimated 100,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean, and the land beneath it purportedly holds large deposits of oil and gas.

In February, the Somali government denied that it had auctioned off exploration rights at Somalia oil and gas conference in London, saying it had merely presented maps and seismic surveys.

The government further noted that it will not undertake any other unilateral action in the disputed territory until the case is decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

See also: Why President Uhuru took the hard-stance of closing Tanzania, Somalia borders

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