Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

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Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

February 16, 2019| Arlaadi Online

Kenya's ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo. Photo/COURTESY

Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo. Photo/COURTESY

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo after it emerged that oil and gas blocks in disputed territorial areas were auctioned to the United Kingdom.

According to Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau, Somalia ‘carelessly’ ignored internationally accepted norms of boundary disputes resolution as well as political and diplomatic disagreements.

“The Federal Government of Somalia has sadly demonstrated that it has not yet attained and embraced political maturity and diplomatic stance of a normal, well-adjusted and properly functioning modern government,” he said.

Speaking during a Press conference on Saturday, Amb. Kamau further termed the move by Somalia to auction oil and gas blocks in disputed territory as ‘tragic and regretful.’

The auction apparently took place in London on February 7, 2019.

Amb. Kamau criticised the Somali Government for taking for granted the support of the Kenyan Government through political and humanitarian hardships. Read more Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

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