Kenya has officially opened an office in Hargeisa, Somaliland, a year after the two sides opened talks on co-operation.
In a letter dated September 2, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a letter to the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa.
The officers sent by Kenya to the Somaliland office are Benson Mwaliko as Chief, Liaison Office, Charles K Waichari as Second Counselor, and Grace Musau and Ronald Nyakweba as Deputy Administrators.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi, who met in Nairobi late last year, outlined four time-bound measures to highlight the impact of co-operation, namely.
- Kenya to open a consulate in Hargeisa by the end of March 2021. During this time, Somaliland is further developing its Nairobi office.
- Kenya Airways and other Kenyan-owned airlines to launch direct flights between Nairobi and Hargeisa by the end of March 2021.
3: That the senior officers, whose list will be submitted, obtain visas within Kenya when they travel, which will be in effect by the end of March 2021.
4: That senior officials in Kenya and Somaliland agree on data and timelines for the implementation of exchange programs for the development of agricultural professionals, students, doctors, nurses and other professionals.
The Somali government has previously been angered by Guinea and other countries that have established diplomatic relations with the Somaliland government, which it believes is isolated from the rest of Somalia, and the move comes at a time of renewed strained relations between Somalia and Kenya.