Ties restored between Kenya and Somalia


Kenya and Somalia agreed to restore ties after a months-long spat over oil rights that led the neighbours to halt visa issues on arrival for each other’s citizens.

The East African nations “agreed to normalise bilateral relations” beginning with restoration of the visa policy, Kenya’s presidency said on Twitter on Thursday.

The oil rights dispute is linked to the nations’ maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean, subject of a long-running case at the International Court of Justice Somalia filed against Kenya in 2014.

Tensions escalated earlier this year when Kenya recalled its ambassador to Somalia after the Mogadishu government decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of the maritime territorial dispute. Somalia denied the accusation.

The statement on the Kenya presidency’s Twitter account did not reference the oil dispute. It included a photo of the presidents shaking hands.

Somalia has not commented.