Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, accompanied his Somalian counterpart Mohamed Farmaajo to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where the former will lead efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries on Tuesday.
Last month, Kenya ordered its ambassador to Somalia, saying it was protesting a decision by the Mogadishu government to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague considered a claim on the two countries’ maritime boundaries brought by Somalia in 2014 after negotiations over the 100,000 square km stretch of sea floor broke down.
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The office of the Ethiopian prime minister said mediation efforts were designed to ‘ ease tensions that have been building’.
Abiy left with Farmaajo, after holding bilateral talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.