US News The officially restored air routes between Kenya and Somalia
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Air linkages between Kenya and Somalia had been interrupted in May, despite the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, suspended last December by Mogadishu because of "the interference" of Kenya in the affairs of his neighbor. Both countries now say they want to start "normalizing" their relationships.
It was enough for a cordial exchange of letters, Thursday, June 10, between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, so that commercial aircraft can again fly between Nairobi and Mogadishu. Kenya The first says he has "taken intercessions into consideration" and allowed the flights again. "A gesture of good will," said the Kenyan department's letter, in mutual interest, and in the hope that it will provoke a complete standardization of bilateral relations ".
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This letter received a quick and favorable response from Mogadishu, which "took note and greeted" this decision. Although Somalia is more cautious: this "positive gesture", says the communiqué of the Somali ministry, "is the starting point for starting negotiations for complete standardization." Much remains to be done, so.
It is true that, despite the mediation of Qatar, none of the major disagreements opposing the two countries is sold: neither the maritime dispute before the International Court of Justice, whose verdict is still expected; neither the border tensions or support of Kenya in the indisciplimated state of the jubaland; Neither of the Khat trade cultivated in Kenya, and very largely consumed in Somalia despite the prohibition of its import, which had been, according to several specialists, at the origin of the interruption of the air routes in May.
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