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Kenya has threatened to halt all humanitarian flights to and from Somalia, weeks after Nairobi closed its airspace with Somalia.
NAIROBI - In a letter, the foreign affairs ministry of Kenya has threatened to halt all humanitarian flights to and from Somalia, claiming that the prohibition on aircraft between the two nations has been violated.
The letter sent to foreign missions in Nairobi and seen by Keydmedia English, states that there has been a continuous "misuse of humanitarian flights".
Kenya claims that some diplomatic posts and international organizations were exploiting the exemption, threatens to cut off all flights if the infringement continued.
Due to the severance of diplomatic relations between Nairobi and Mogadishu, Kenya's airspace with Somalia remains restricted, according to the letter.
The relations between Mogadishu and Nairobi have been restored this month following Qatar mediation, however, there have been no official talks since the decision has been announced.
Kenya closed its airspace with Somalia earlier this month, critics claim that the decision is a protest against Somalia's Khat ban.
Sources at the PM's office revealed to Keymedia English that the Prime minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble is heading to Kenya in the coming few days on his maiden first visit to the East Africa country.
The outgoing president Farmajo who is seeking re-election has severed relations in December 2020, accusing Nairobi of meddling in the internal affairs of Somalia, mainly the upcoming elections, a claim that Nairobi has repeatedly rejected.
For almost ten years, Somalia and Kenya engaged in a long-running Indian ocean maritime boundary dispute as both fighting to control valuable deposits of oil and gas, and Mogadishu has sought ICJ arbitration over the matter.
Kenya is one of the contributors of troops to AMISOM, a strong AU force battling Al-Shabaab militants who are waging a violent campaign as they seek to unseat the Somali government.
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