Somalia agreed to reduce tensions with neighboring Kenya during a conference on Monday in Djibouti. Somalia said the Official Kenya Kenyan Pride new Shirt Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) had pressured it to settle diplomatic relations with Kenya in the 38th Extraordinary Council of heads of state and the IGAD government.
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The IGAD, consisting of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda, with Eritrea as the inactive member, took the conference to address regional issues, focused on the situation in Ethiopia and diplomatic relations between Kenya and Somalia. “The IGAD leaders put a lot of pressure on us to resolve the diplomatic conflict within the Official Kenya Kenyan Pride new Shirt bloc. This is the first step in reducing stress. Somalia has accepted but on the condition that a committee is established to review our complaints, including arming militias inside Kenya, ”Somalia Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak quoted by Garowe.
On Saturday, Somalia accused Kenya of dispatching troops and arming militia groups to attack an area along their shared border. In a statement, Somalia said “Somalia federal government is closely following the ongoing military maneuvering of the Kenyan government in the Mandera region”, northern Kenya. The conflict between the two countries is affecting the fight against the Somali-based al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebel group as Kenya has contributed more than 3,500 troops to help ensure the country’s security.
Present at the Official Kenya Kenyan Pride new Shirt conference were Ismail Omar Guelleh, Chairman of Djibouti; Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia, and Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, vice president of South Sudan. Also attending were Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the Commission for the African Union.
Kenyan doctors working in government hospitals launched a nationwide strike because of inadequate insurance benefits and lack of protective equipment (PPE) when treating COVID-19 patients. The strike began Monday after the Kenyan Alliance of Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists said on Twitter that there had been no resolution of the grievances in the past eight months.