Somalia appeals to collaboration with Kenya after court's ruling

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Somalia's president said in a speech that the ICJ's ruling on the border dispute with Kenya is an opportunity for the two countries to collaborate.

President Farmajo spoke after the ICJ ruled in favour of Somalia handing it control over a potentially rich area of the Indian Ocean.

"Kenya should instead see the decision of the court as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship of our two countries and the collaboration of their neighbouring people. Somalia did not choose to be a neighbour with Kenya, but it was the willing of the almighty God so that we are forced to live as peaceful neighbours. Somalia was committed to that forever and welcomes it now", said president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo.

In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the decision was greeted with satisfaction by many after a legal battle that lasted for seven years.

"It is a big happy day for all Somali people after ICJ verdict on the Somalia-Kenya maritime dispute. The case was in court for the past 7 years. However, it’s historical victory for all of us", declared Said Sheikh Hussein, a resident of Mogadishu.

Before the announcement of the court's decision, Kenya accused the court of being biased and refused to acknowledge its authority.

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