The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ending a military training programme in Somalia in response to the seizure of millions of dollars and the temporary holding of a UAE plane by Somali security forces last week.
EMIRATES NEWS AGENCY
The UAE has decided to disband its military training programme in Somalia which started in 2014 to build the capabilities of the Somali army.
The decision comes in response to Somali security forces’ seizure of a UAE-registered civil aircraft at Mogadishu Airport and confiscation of money destined to pay the soldiers.
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President Farmaajo withstood significant pressure in staying out of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar. But it may pay a cost for its neutrality.
President Farmaajo is clearly in a very tough spot, with a vast array of contradicting interests to contend with and limited options. But how long can he stay neutral and withstand the pressure is the question. (Photo: Mareeg.com)
BY MUHYADIN AHMED ROBLE | AFRICAN ARGUMENTS
Six months since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed took office, Somalia is at the centre of an international and domestic political storm.
This June, the president known as “Farmaajo” was under pressure to cut ties with Qatar in solidarity with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Those four countries – along with a few others that followed suit – had suddenly severed relations with Qatar, accusing it of backing Islamist militants.
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Its a pissing contest. After all is said and done, the Qatar-Gulf crisis will amount to little more than a urine stain on the political fabric on the Arabian Peninsula. Nothing more. Nothing less.
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Saudi Arabia, with the bellicose support of President Trump, has launched a diplomatic and partial economic offensive against the ridiculously small state of Qatar and is dragging its allies, the United Arab Emirates in particular, into a potential major headache. Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest
Eritrea officially throws it weight behind the Saudi-led camp
BY The decision that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have taken [against Qatar] is […] one initiative among many in the right direction that envisages full realization of regional security and stability. As such, it is not a matter that requires invitation of the Eritrean Government or solicitation of its vote. (Photo: Amb. Iqbal Jhazbhay) MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
Security and stability have been, and continue to remain, elusive in our region or neighborhood. The causes of the spiralling upheaval are numerous, complicated and long-standing.
Deterrence of the scourge and its perpetrators so as to guarantee sustainable security and stability is not an easy task. Indeed, it will require time and concerted efforts. The foundations of Eritrea’s foreign policy are predicated on these precepts.
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