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Somalia concerned by Kenya's decision to divert Mogadishu flights

Saturday May 11, 2019

The Somali government Friday said it was ''deeply concerned'' by Kenya's decision to suspend direct flights to Mogadishu.

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Planes will now have to land in the northern Kenyan town of Wajir for security checks.

Somali authorities say the new policy will have an impact on the movement of passengers and goods between the two countries.

“The Federal Government Of Somalia (FGS) believes this action places undue burden on Somali citizens and other travellers,” the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Direct flights were reinstated two years ago after the Somali government signed an agreement with Kenya to partially lift restrictions that were enforced 10 years ago.

The ministry added it will engage Kenyan authorities to resolve the matter.

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