Riyadh BY:Ghanem Al-Mutairi
Somali President Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Farmaajo request for mediation Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to persuade not to complete the establishment of a military base in “Somaliland”.
Site Yalla Affrica cited in this context, a report translated by Riyadh Post, which quoted an official in the Somali government was one of the members of the delegation that accompanied the Somali president on his visit to Saudi Arabia that Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Farmaajo asked officials Saudis convince the UAE not to proceed with its plan to establish a military base in the breakaway republic of “Somaliland”, which is not recognized by Mogadishu.
The Somali president had visited Saudi Arabia last Thursday in his first foreign visit since he was elected president of Somalia, where King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, met in the capital, Riyadh, where the leaders of the two countries discussed bilateral cooperation and the latest developments in the region.
The report notes that the Farmajo discussed the issue of al-Qaeda in a meeting with UAE Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Adel al-Jubeir and other senior Saudi officials.
Somali president seeks to take advantage of the close ties between Saudi Arabia and the strategic UAE ally, the UAE to convince not to proceed with the establishment of a UAE military base in Somalia after the Somali parliament recently voted in favor of the move to the UAE’s Al-Qaeda are held in the port of Berbera, with protested Somalia considering the decision to third parties without the consent of a legal Mogadishu.
Meanwhile Last month The parliament Republic of Somaliland has overwhelming approved a deal to allow the United Arab Emirates to establish an air and naval base in the port town of Berbera.
Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo presented the motion on Sunday to a joint session by both houses of the parliament, saying “it will attract investments, and it will not bring any harm to Somaliland or the region.”