On 26 November, Kenya signed a security pact with France, Madagascar, Seychelles and Djibouti to share intelligence and strengthen maritime security in the Indian Ocean. On the sidelines of the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenyan Defence secretary seized the opportunity to announce that Tanzania and Somalia were about to sign the deal as well. However, according to this article, Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister replied that the country did not make such agreement with Kenya. The pact is important for Kenya which faced the threat of Somali piracy some years ago and is losings around $97 million to IUU fishing every year. The two countries are currently engaged in a maritime dispute at the International Court of Justice. The major point of contention is Kenya’s oil exploration activities in the disputed area. Earlier this year, the court dismissed the Kenyan proposal to settle the dispute with a Memorandum of Understanding.
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