Nairobi says goodwill transfer taken within the mutual curiosity of the 2 East African international locations.
Kenya on Thursday introduced it should reopen its airspace for flights to and from Somalia, a transfer welcomed by Mogadishu.
Kenya’s Overseas Ministry mentioned it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has determined to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia”.
Nairobi halted all flights to and from Somalia in Might, simply days after an obvious thaw in relations that have been strained since late final yr.
The goodwill measure has been taken within the mutual curiosity of the 2 East African international locations, the ministry mentioned, including that it hopes it should result in full normalisation of relations, “together with diplomatic, commerce and people-to-people linkages which have undergone undue pressure”.
The ministry clarified that each one coronavirus protocols will likely be relevant for passengers coming to Kenya from Somalia.
The Somali authorities hailed Nairobi’s choice as a step that might clean over relations between the 2 international locations, which hit a low final December.
“The federal government of Somalia welcomes Kenya reopening its airspace with Somalia on Thursday. This transfer might pave the best way for normalisation [of] the bilateral relations between the 2 neighbouring international locations,” authorities spokesperson Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu mentioned on Twitter.
Somalia lower off diplomatic ties with Kenya in December final yr, accusing Nairobi of interfering in Mogadishu’s inside affairs.
Safety, schooling and commerce relations between the 2 neighbours have been severed for some 5 months, till Mogadishu introduced in Might that it was prepared to revive ties with Nairobi, citing the curiosity of each international locations.
Nevertheless, simply days later, Kenya determined to halt air site visitors with Somalia, with out giving any motive for the transfer.