Somali Embassy Sold Illegally in Kenya, Reopens Decades Later

The Somali embassy in Nairobi, was purchased in the Westlands area in 1972. At the onset of the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990's, the embassy was according to a Kenya court ruling made 10 years ago, "sold illegally" to a Kenyan businessman by the then Somali ambassador, in 1994. The building has been derelict for years and has now been refurbished by the Somali government, meaning that their diplomats will no longer rent their offices in Nairobi. Kenya and Somalia have had "lukewarm" relations in the recent past, especially after Somalia sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice over a maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean.

Somalia flag, left, Kenya flag

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