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Kenya: Somalia Lifts Ban on Miraa Imports From Kenya

Somalia's federal government has officially lifted the ban on importation of miraa (khat) from Kenya but imposed certain conditions for the commodity to be admitted on its territory.

p Somalia's federal government has officially lifted the ban on importation of miraa (khat) from Kenya but imposed certain conditions for the commodity to be admitted on its territory.Somalia had stopped the importation of miraa when international flights were suspended due to the fear of spread of Covid-19 last year.But, when international air travels resumed, importation of miraa from Kenya was still restricted, with only that from Ethiopia, a slightly different variety, being allowed in.The spat between Kenya and Somalia over the miraa issue dates back to 2016 when then Meru governor Peter Munya, now Kenya's Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, caused a stir by visiting the breakaway Somaliland, offering to have it recognised if the country allowed miraa from Kenya on its markets.

The ban had, however, been lifted following discussions at diplomatic level, which also included certain gradual immigration pacts.Khat is the common name for miraa in Somalia and the Middle East.

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