Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live

News

news

Somalia's stability is threatened by rivalry between Gulf states: Crisis Group

Somalia's stability is threatened by rivalry between Gulf states: Crisis Group

Somalia

<p><strong>The International Crisis Group (<span class="caps">ICG</span>) has warned that the ongoing geopolitical fight between the Gulf states of Qatar and United Arab Emirates (<span class="caps">UAE</span>) is threatening to further destabilise Somalia.</strong></p> <p>In June 2017 Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia, the <span class="caps">UAE</span> and a number of allies severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, imposing an economic blockade on the country accused of financing terrorism to destablise the region.</p> <p>The group notes that the Somali federal government’s decision to take a neutral stance in the rivalry has not been received well, especially by <span class="caps">UAE</span>.</p> <p><span class="caps">UAE</span> which recently had a public diplomatic spat with Somalia, when the latter confiscated bags of cash worth $9.6m at the airport in Mogadishu. The bags were aboard a plane that had been chartered by the Emirati diplomats who refused to be subjected to routine security checks.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/04/18/is-qatar-taking-advantage-of-somalia-uae-dispute/ "target="_blank"><span class="caps">SUGGESTED</span> <span class="caps">READING</span>: Is Qatar taking advantage of Somalia – <span class="caps">UAE</span> dispute?</a></h3> <p><span class="caps">ICG</span> believes that intra Somali disputes have been magnified as <span class="caps">UAE</span> ups its support to Somali’s regional states, in retaliation to the row with the federal government and its perception of a close relationship between Somalia and Qatar.</p> <p>‘‘As Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relations unravel, those disputes, which pit the Farmajo government against rival factions in Mogadishu and against federal states and Somaliland, could escalate,’‘ reads part of the statement.</p> <p>Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo recently called for an end to <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/16/somalia-president-wants-end-to-senseless-hostilities-between-puntland-and/"target="_blank">‘senseless killings’</a> that have claimed dozens of lives as Puntland Somaliland fight over a disputed town.</p> <h3>Recommendations for Somalia and <span class="caps">UAE</span></h3> <p>The <span class="caps">IGC</span> shared <a href="https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/horn-africa/somalia/260-somalia-and-gulf-crisis"target="_blank">recommendations</a> to prevent the Gulf Crisis from sabotaging local and international efforts to bring stability to the restive country.</p> <ul> <li>It calls the Somali government to remain neutral in the Gulf Crisis.</li> <li>The federal government should reconcile with its rivals including the semi-autonomous regions.</li> <li>The <span class="caps">UAE</span> should coordinate with Mogadishu regarding all its aid and investment in Somalia.</li> <li>Saudi or European officials should facilitate reconciliation between Abu Dhabi and Mogadishu.</li> </ul>

As Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relations unravel, those disputes, which pit the Farmajo government against rival factions in Mogadishu and against federal states and Somaliland, could escalate.

View more