Saudi Arabia To Mediate Between Somalia & UAE


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has offered to mediate between the United Arab Emirates and Somalia after strained relations following the recent signing of the Berbera Port deal.

A source confirmed to SPO that Riyadh had made an initial communication with the government of Somalia seeking to mediate the two countries.

Last week an alleged UAE government sponsored anti-Farmaajo campaign on social media strained the relations even further.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s is set to tour Qatar this week a move seen by analysts as tactical.

The Farmaajo administration had declined to cut ties with Qatar following the 2017 Gulf crisis.

Mogadishu termed “null and void”  the Berbera concession to Ethiopia and DP World saying it interfered with its sovereignty.