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    Somalia’s ambassador calls for streamlined visa processing to boost Kenya-Somalia trade.

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    In a key attempt to strengthen trade and relations between Kenya and Somalia, Somali Ambassador to Kenya Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle has advocated for the simplification of Kenya’s visa processing procedure. On Thursday, the ambassador spoke during the much-anticipated relaunch of Kenya Airways’ direct flights to Mogadishu from Nairobi.

    The direct passenger and cargo flights represent a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two countries, promising to improve the mobility of commodities and people. Ambassador Abdulle noted the potential rise in trade that the return of flights may bring, as well as the significance of an effective visa process to allow this growth.

    Kenya Airways’ intention to restore the Mogadishu route follows a four-year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and exacerbated by political difficulties. With the start of three weekly flights to Somalia’s capital, there is hope for an increase in business and personal exchanges between the countries. Kenya Airways also hinted at plans to increase flight frequency, signaling a promising future for this air link.

    The resumption of flights is viewed as a critical step in strengthening Kenya and Somalia’s economic and social ties, with both countries benefiting from greater trade, tourism, and cultural exchange.

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