Somalia has criticized neighboring Kenya for deporting two Somali lawmakers and a minister after authorities in Nairobi blocked them from entering the country.
In a letter, Somalia’s ministry of foreign affairs protested their detention and deportation.
Senators Ilyas Ali, Zamzam Dahir and Minister Osman Liban arrived at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday and were forced to spend hours there before being returned to Somalia on Tuesday.
It added that the actions risked hurting relations between the two and asked Kenya to consider the potentially destabilizing impact of these actions and to uphold diplomatic norms in the spirit of reciprocity and mutual respect.
Relations between the two nations have been tested in the past by security measures taken by Kenyan authorities to try to stop attacks by al Shabaab group that Somalis often complain are sweeping and amount to collective punishment.