Somalia deputy minister of Energy and two members of Parliament were denied an entry visa into Kenya and held at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport tonight, sources say.
The officials were travelling with Somali diplomatic passport which Kenya issues visas on arrival. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jamal Hassan and Minister of Health Fowzia Abikar were both also denied entry visas with Somali diplomatic passport but were later allowed with their Canadian and Italian passports respectively.
According to VoA Somali service journalist, Harun Maruf, the ministers and other government officials were due to attend the launch of the EU Trust Fund for Africa programme “Collaboration in Cross Border Areas of the Horn of Africa” which is opening 21st May 2019 in Nairobi.
BREAKING: Deputy energy minister Osman Liban travelled to Kenya to attend the launch of the EU Trust Fund for Africa programme “Collaboration in Cross Border Areas of the Horn of Africa” due to open May 21. Somali ministers, officials vowed not to attend w/o the deputy minister pic.twitter.com/1U1RQrY6Ui
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 20, 2019
The diplomatic battle between Somalia and Kenya worsened as the maritime dispute between the two countries continues before the International Court of Justice. In February, Kenya expelled Somalia ambassador in protest of Somalia Oil London auction which Kenya accused Somalia auctioning oil blocks in disputed maritime area.
Somalia Parliament approved the Petroleum bill which Federal State members its legality, and the government is planning award oil exploration contracts by the end of 2019 yesterday.
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