The Kenyan government has reacted after Somalia expelled Ambassador Lucas Tumbo.
On Sunday, Somalia announced that it had expelled the ambassador over alleged interference. At the same time, Somalia recalled its ambassador from Kenya.
In response, Kenya’s foreign affairs principal secretary Kamau Macharia stated that Somalia’s decision was regretful and unwarranted.
According to Macharia, the Kenyan government was evaluating the situation and it will the right decision soon by using the appropriate channels.
"This unexpected and unwarranted behavior of Somalia leadership is something that requires some digesting before we can speak to it. We will respond officially through the appropriate channels soon," Macharia said.
In the expulsion statement, Somalia cited what it termed as the Kenyan government's interference in its internal and political affairs.
"The federal government f Somalia expresses its regret in the government of Kenya's overt and blatant interferences in the internal and political affairs of Somalia which has the potential to be a hindrance to stability," a statement from Somalia's foreign ministry said.
Over recent years, Kenya has been involved in various diplomatic rifts with Somalia. The most recent dispute was over the Indian Ocean maritime dispute.
However, Kenya has been working on peacebuilding in the region often seeking to mend and normalize its relationship with Somalia.
Kenya is also host to many Somali refugees who escaped the horn of Africa Nation due to prolonged conflict.