Sabahi (Washington, DC)

25 January 2013

Kenya to Re-Open Embassy in Mogadishu

Kenya will re-open its embassy in Mogadishu and has appointed Josephat Maikara as its new ambassador to Somalia, the Kenya Television Network reported Thursday (January 24th).

Maikara presented his credentials to Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at his office in Villa Somalia. He read an official statement calling on the two countries to work out ways to safely and orderly repatriate Somali refugees living in Kenya.

Mohamud welcomed Kenya's interest in re-establishing its embassy, which closed after the collapse of the Somali government's in 1991. Kenya currently does not have office space in Mogadishu, and Maikara is not expected to move to the city for a few months.

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