Nairobi (HAN) October 27, 2020. Public Diplomacy and Regional Security updates. Somalia has denied reports of a planned meeting in Nairobi between President Uhuru and his Somalia counterpart Farmajo. The Somalia president visited Asmara this month and there were reports in the Kenya and Eritrean free press that Farmajo would meet Uhuru and the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in a bid to mend strained relations between Nairobi and Mogadishu.
The Somalia’s acting Information Minister Honorable Mohamed Abdi Hayir (Mareeye) on last Friday dismissed any idea of a meeting between the Somalia federal president and the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.”There is no meeting, such reports are total fabrication,” he told HAN & Geeska Afrika Online reporter in Nairobi.
The acting Information Minister claimed the reports had been “deliberately leaked” by the Kenyan independent internet sources , and that a meeting at this time would be “ridiculous”.Ties between the two countries have become increasingly tense, and their common border remains closed – an act “unilaterally carried out by Somalia”, said by Sidebar commentator professor Peter Kagwanja.
Each side accuses the other of supporting its opposition groups. Nairobi blames the Al-shabaab Jihadist-Kenyan wing, which Kenyan security sources says is backed by Al-Shabaab support group in Gedo region of Somalia, and supported also by FGS elements for the abduction of two Cuban doctors (Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez) who were kidnapped in Kenya’s Northeastern Somalis in April 2019 and taken over the border to Southern Somalia. Both the Jubaland leaders and Mogadishu have denied the allegation.For its part, Mogadishu accuses Kenyan security forces of supporting The Jubaland administration, including President Ahmed Mohamed Islam, who has repeatedly called for Abdirashid’s release from detention (also known as Abdirashid Janan), must desist from shielding him from facing justice upon his return, charges also denied by Kenya.
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