Somalia and Qatar Reaffirm Ties Amid Regional Tensions

Published: January 23, 2024

Dosha, Somalia – In a high-level meeting today in Dosha, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani reaffirmed their nations’ strong bilateral ties and voiced firm opposition to the recent agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland.

President Mohamud expressed deep gratitude for Qatar’s “fraternal decision” to uphold Somalia’s unity and independence. He praised Qatar for being among the “brotherly countries” taking a clear stance against the deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland, which Somalia views as a threat to its territorial integrity.

Emir Al Thani echoed Qatar’s unwavering support for the Somali government, emphasizing the potential dangers of regional instability. He warned that dividing Somalia could cause significant security implications for the wider Horn of Africa region and the Red Sea, jeopardizing overall harmony in the area.

This high-profile meeting marks a culmination of President Mohamud’s intense diplomatic efforts over the past three weeks since the controversial Ethiopia-Somaliland agreement surfaced. He has actively engaged with international partners to safeguard Somalia’s sovereignty and bolster regional security.

The future impact of the deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland remains uncertain. However, Qatar’s strong backing for Somalia’s position adds significant weight to the ongoing diplomatic efforts. President Mohamud’s continued engagement with allies will be crucial in navigating this complex issue and upholding Somalia’s territorial integrity amidst shifting regional dynamics.