L-R: President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of Somalia

Somalia has broken off its diplomatic ties with Kenya after the leader of self-declared Somaliland visited Kenya earlier in the month.

Information Minister Osman Dubbe disclosed on Tuesday during a televised announcement.

“Somalia wants all its diplomats to go back to Mogadishu and Kenyan diplomats have 7 days to leave the country’’.

The announcement, made at about 1:40 a.m. local time (22:40 GMT, Monday), comes in the wake of Somaliland President Muse Bihi’s three-day visit to Kenya starting on Sunday.

Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia in 1991.

Although it maintains relations with some countries on the continent, including Kenya, it is not recognised by any nation or organisation.