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Expelled Somali ambassador arrives in Mogadishu

Sunday February 17 2019

Expelled Somali envoy to Kenya Mohamoud Ahmed

Expelled Somali envoy to Kenya Mohamoud Ahmed Nur alias Tarzan has on Sunday, February 17, 2019 arrived at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport early Sunday, media reported. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

ABDULKADIR KHALIF
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MOGADISHU,

Somali ambassador to Kenya Mohamoud Ahmed Nur alias Tarzan arrived at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport early Sunday, media reported.

Mr Nur was expelled by the Kenya government, which also recalled its own envoy to Somalia, Lt-Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo.

The ambassador arrived at Mogadishu’s seafront airport together with Somalia’s First Lady Zeynab Moalim, who was from a visit to Kenya, and Foreign minister Ahmed Issa Awad.

Mr Awad was reportedly on transit in Nairobi, on his return from Sweden.

The Somalia media further reported that top Mogadishu officials, including President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, were holding a meeting on the diplomatic tiff with Kenya.

Mogadishu was expected to issue a statement after the meeting.

OIL BLOCKS

An Indian Ocean maritime territorial dispute between Kenya and Somalia has escalated with claims that Mogadishu had auctioned oil blocks in the contested area.

The two states are each claiming some 62,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits.

The dispute was presented before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the The Hague in the Netherlands in April 2014 after dialogue failed.​