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Kenya-Somalia resume khat trade, ink range of deals

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Somalia on Friday July 15 allowed the resumption of miraa exports from Kenya and permitted Kenya Airways to start scheduled flights to Mogadishu in the latest sign of improving ties between the two countries.

Newly elected Somalian president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, ended Friday a two-day official visit to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta. 

At the end of his trp, the countries’ foreign ministers announced the nations had agreed to restart with immediate effect the trade of the stimulant khat. Which means that air shipments of khat also known as miraa will resume after a 2-year hiatus.

Somalia is one of the biggest markets for miraa and central Kenyan, a big producer of the plant whose leaves and stems are a popular stimulant and appetite suppressant.

Among a range of deals signed, the leaders have directed immediate market access of fish from Somalia to Kenya and vice versa and agreed to ease some visa restrictions a s well as re-open the border.

President Kenyatta and President Mohamud have directed immediate market access of fish from Somalia to Kenya and vice versa.