Nairobi says the move of goodwill was taken in the mutual interest of the two East African countries.
Kenya announced on Thursday that it will reopen its airspace for flights to and from Somalia, a move welcomed by Mogadishu.
Kenya’s Foreign Minister said that “it has taken due account of the intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace on all flights originating in Somalia and emanating from Kenya to the United States. Somalia”.
Nairobi he stopped all flights from and to Somalia in May, just days after an apparent thaw in relations that have been strained since late last year.
The measure of goodwill has been taken for the mutual interest of the two East African countries, the minister said, adding that he hopes it will lead to a full normalization of relations, “including diplomatic, trade and people’s ties. who immediately suffered undue strain. ”
The minister specified that all coronavirus protocols will be applicable to passengers coming to Kenya from Somalia.
The Somali government hailed Nairobi’s decision as a step that could calm relations between the two countries, which hit a low last December.
“Somalia’s government welcomes Kenya to reopen its 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 have been interrupted for about five months, until Mogadishu announced in May that it was ready to re-establish ties with Nairobi, citing the interests of the two countries.
However, a few days later, Kenya decided to stop air traffic with Somalia, without giving any reason for the move.