After the upheaval caused by the government led by Farmaajo, Somalia elected a new leader who has the potential to restore relations with the rest of the world.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s relationship with Arab countries
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected as the new president of Somalia in the country’s parliament on Sunday, and on Monday, the Arab League extended its congratulations to him on his victory. In a statement, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit congratulated the newly elected president of Somalia on his victory and wished him luck in bringing peace, stability, and prosperity to the African country.
In the statement, Aboul-Gheit said that the Arab League will continue to help Somalia with its efforts to rebuild the country’s institutions and work on development and national reconciliation.
On Monday, for the first time since Somalia elected a new president, Somalia’s international partners made a united statement. In the statement, they said they will remain steady in their commitment to the country and congratulated Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new leader of Somalia.
They stated, “We look forward to understanding the priorities of the next president so that we may work together to build peace, prosperity, and solid governance in Somalia.”
The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States (LAS), the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Russian Federation, Sudan, Sweden, Turkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, and the United Kingdom all contributed to the joint statement.
They extended their congratulations to Mohamud on being elected president of the Federal Government of Somalia as well.
Farmaajo’s relationship with Arab countries
According to a report by the New Khalij news source, a famous journalist has disclosed that the former President of Somalia, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been promised an amount equal to eighty million dollars in exchange for his approval to cut diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar. Jaber Al-Harimi, a journalist, said that Farmajo turned down the good offer after being wooed for two hours.
The sources confirmed that Saudi Arabia had threatened to withdraw financial aid to the Somali government if it did not change its neutral stance, in which it has called for an end to the political dispute between Qatar and the other Arab nations through dialogue via Islamic organizations like the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). “Ministers of the Somali government returned from Saudi Arabia after meetings with their counterparts were unexpectedly postponed,” the sources added. People know that the leaders of the UAE, with the help of Saudi Arabia, have already tried to get Farmajo to change his mind.
Because of the sensitivity of the situation, sources close to Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the New Khalij that the rulers of the United Arab Emirates, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, would have preferred Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, the president before Farmaajo, to remain in power. This is especially true when considering the concessions that the UAE was given by Mahmoud, including contracts for unfettered access and Farmajo, which has threatened to renege on a number of agreements, some of which have been called “illegal.”