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Kenya Opens liaison office in Somaliland

Kenya Opens liaison office in Somaliland

Kenya has opened a liaison office in the breakaway region of Somaliland a year after the two countries opened talks on collaboration. The office opened in Hargeisa this month according to a statement by Kenya foreign ministry. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya presents its compliments to the Liaison Office of Somaliland in Nairobi and has the honour to refer to our Note Verbale MFA/CONF/REL/130 Vol.1 (4) of August 16, 2021 (copy attached),” a letter by the ministry reads in part. Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a team of four officers to Somaliland's capital city of Hargeisa. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somaliland president Muse Bihi last year agreed to open a liaison office in Somaliland and at the same time in Nairobi. This comes just months after Somalia and Kenya resumed diplomatic relations after diplomatic spat between the two East African nations. Somaliland unilaterally declared independence in 1991 after the eruption of a civil war in Somalia. Since then, it’s been been pushing for international recognition that would allow it to source funding and aid from financial bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

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