Kenya’s envoy in Mogadishu summoned to respond to “violation of Somalia’s airspace”
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MOGADISHU—Somalia has summoned the Kenyan envoy in Mogadishu after unauthorized plane landed at Kismayu airport on Saturday without approval of the Federal Government of Somalia.
Ambassador Lucas Tumbo was summoned by the Federal minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations, Abdikadir Ahmed Kheyr.
According to statement released on Thursday night, Mogadishu feels Kenya breached Somalia’s territorial integrity. Ambassador Lucas received a protest letter from the minister detailing the grievances of Mogadishu after a Kenyan-registered aircraft landed at Sayid Abdille Hassan airport on Saturday last weekend directly from Nairobi.
The aircraft defied a circular by the Somali Civil Aviation Authority which directed that planes flying to Kismayu “must notify the Authorities 24-hours prior.”
“We (Somalia) express our grievances over Kenya’s violation of our airspace. We will not allow further violation of our land, sea and airspace going forward,” the statement read in part. It continued that: “Kenya, which is a contributing nation to the Amisom forces in Jubbaland, must respond to Somalia’s grievances.”
The aircraft in question, a Fokker 50 registered in Kenya as 5Y-JXJ, left Nairobi on Saturday and arrived in Kismayu directly without stopping in Mogadishu first. It is operated by Jubba Airways, a Somali airliner that routinely flies to several Somali cities.