MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Diplomatic relations between Somalia and neighboring Djibouti are back on track after years of tensions, Somali ambassador to Djibouti Salad Ali Jelle said on Saturday.
In an interview with VOA Somali, Jelle said the dispute had continued to drag on for years during the reign of former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, but the new Somali administration achieved a reset following the incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to Djibouti.
Last year, Somalia accused Djibouti of being biased in a report issued by an IGAD-led fact-finding mission deployed to the border between Somalia and Kenya. Months later, the Somali presidential office alleged that Djibouti had arrested the then-national security advisor Fahad Yasin, though Djiboutian authorities denied the claim.
Djibouti has thousands of troops participating in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which have been deployed there to fight the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab.