Kenya, Somalia in Diplomatic Row as Ambassadors Recalled

Somalia's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Mohamed Ali Nur says his country is recalling its Ambassador to Kenya Mohamud Ahmed Nur 'Tarzan', and ordered Kenya's envoy to Mogadishu, Lucas Tumbo, out of the country. The Somali government accuses Kenya of pressuring Jubaland State to reject an electoral deal reached in October allowing for formal indirect elections to proceed in December. Kenya announced earlier this month it will start giving Somalis visas on arrival, something it had suspended from 2018 as it courted Somalia to open up investment channels for Kenyans.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) welcomes his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at State House in March 2017.

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