Nairobi states that goodwill is done in the mutual interest of the two East African countries.
Kenya announced on Thursday that it will open its airspace for flights to and from Somalia, an action well received by Mogadishu.
The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “it has taken due account of the intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace on all flights from Somalia and coming from Kenya to Somalia.”
Nairobi stopped all flights to and from Somalia in May, just days after an apparent thaw in relations that have strained since late last year.
The measure of goodwill has been taken in the mutual interest of the two East African countries, the ministry said, adding that it hopes it will lead to the full normalization of relations, “including diplomatic, trade and security ties. people to people who have unduly suffered strain ”.
The ministry clarified that all coronavirus protocols will be applicable to passengers coming to Kenya from Somalia.
The Somali government hailed the Nairobi decision as a step that could soften relations between the two countries, which hit a low last December.
“Somali government welcomes Kenya to reopen airspace with Somalia on Thursday. This move could pave the way for normalization [of] bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, “government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said on Twitter.
Somalia severed diplomatic ties with Kenya in December last year, accusing Nairobi of interfering in Mogadishu’s internal affairs.
Security, education and trade relations between the two neighbors were disrupted for about five months, until Mogadishu announced in May that it was ready to re-establish ties with Nairobi, citing the interest of both countries.
However, a few days later, Kenya decided to stop air traffic with Somalia, without giving any reason for the transfer.