أسرار الأسبوع: Kenya’s maritime dispute with Somalia hasn’t affected KDF in the country

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A top military commander has said that a maritime border dispute has not affected operations of Kenyan forces in Somalia.

Lieutenant Colonel Meshack Kishoyian, Commanding Officer Two Mechanised Infantry Battalion based in Kismayo said the relationship between the two countries remained cordial.

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Lt Kishoyian said he was not aware of any specific exit plan for Kenyan troops and that they would continue building Somalia’s security capacity.

The Kenyan troops are operating under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The two countries have recently been engaged in a diplomatic tiff over a maritime boundary dispute following the reported auction of oil blocks by Somalia in the contested area.

“I have not seen any standoff whatsoever, we work cordially with Somali security forces and other AMISOM forces,” he said.

Regarding exit rumors of Kenyan troops pulling out of Somalia, Kishoyian said military operations were fluid in nature and that it was difficult to pinpoint the exact exit date.

He said that there were challenges as Somalia had been at war for a long time before the entry of Kenyan forces.

In 2012, KDF along with Somali forces liberated Kismayo and its environs from the Al-Shabaab.

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الخبر : أسرار الأسبوع: Kenya’s maritime dispute with Somalia hasn’t affected KDF in the country .. تخلي جريدة اسرار الاسبوع مسئوليتها الكاملة عن محتوي هذا الخبر وانما تقع المسئولية علي الناشر الاصلي للخبر و المصدر هو موقع : اليمن العربي

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