An envoy representing the Republic of Somalia in Kenya on Tuesday, June 14, stormed out of a meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.
Somali media outlets reported that Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan was displeased when the Kenyan Head of State invited officials from Somaliland.
Somaliland is an autonomous regional government that Kenya recognizes but which Somalia has refused to recognize for three decades.
Kenya had invited the officials in the capacity of ambassadors and “placed the two flags – Somalia and Somaliland together in the venue.”
Tarsan reportedly informed Villa Somalia – the equivalent of State House in Kenya – and was given the go-ahead to walk out of the event.
It is reported that President Uhuru was prepared to offer a pre-election speech to the diplomats in preparation for the upcoming August 9 elections.
Kenyans.co.ke contacted State House spokesperson Kanze Dena who declined to comment on the reports.
This comes just days after President Uhuru and his Somalia counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met in Mogadishu during the latter’s inauguration ceremony.
During the trip, Uhuru promised to work towards reopening the borders between the two countries as well as increasing flights to Mogadishu.
The Head of State noted that the move would improve trade between the two countries and boost the country’s economy.
Mohamud, on the other hand, promised to boost relations between Somalia and her neighbours including Kenya in his first speech since taking the mantle from Farmajo.
State House Meeting
At State House, President Uhuru received the African Gender Award 2022 for championing gender equality and development in the country.
The award serves as a mechanism to monitor and reward an African Head of State or Government who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in promoting gender equality.
At the event, the Head of State also addressed members of the diplomatic corps who attended the ceremony as well as Kenyan Ambassadors and High Commissioners affirming Kenya’s commitment to being a friendly country to all by seeking only to develop bonds of friendship and collaboration with all partners.