Somalia recalls Kenya ambassador over war on terror
28 April 2014, 18:25
Nairobi - Somalia has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Kenya following
the arrest and alleged harassment of one of its diplomats in Nairobi over the weekend.
The diplomatic protest comes amid an
ongoing crackdown in the country against suspected Islamist militants that has
also seen thousands of Somalis and ethnic Somalis detained by Kenyan
police and hundreds of them deported.
"I was called in Mogadishu by
the government to give an explanation regarding the harassment and
arrest made against Somali diplomat by the Kenyan police in Nairobi,"
the ambassador, Mohamed Ali Nur, told reporters in Mogadishu.
detention was in complete violation against the diplomatic rights of a
country and could damage the relations between the two countries," he
Somalia's deputy foreign minister, Mahad Mohamed Salad,
said the recall was temporary, and parliament speaker Mohamed Osman
Jawari said deputies would also briefed by the ambassador on the
"This is an opportunity for the parliament to hear
about the problems facing the Somali people in Kenya and the arrest of
the Somali diplomat," he said.
Officials identified the arrested
diplomat as working in the embassy's consular department. It was not
immediately clear if the diplomat was still being detained, and there
were no details on the circumstances of the arrest.
month Kenyan authorities launched mass round-ups of Somalis, saying they
needed to weed out sympathisers of Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels
following a string of militant attacks.
The operation has focussed
on Nairobi's main Somali district Eastleigh, and residents have accused
police of indiscriminately arresting people of Somali origin.
Shebab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack last year on the
Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi which left at least 67 dead, and
recent weeks have seen a string of attacks blamed on Islamists in the
capital and near the coastal city of Mombasa.
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