Farmajo, Qatari Emir Have Phone Call Amid Renewed Tensions in Somalia

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Qatar’s emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received a phone call from Somalia’s current acting president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and discussed key bilateral issues amid renewed election dispute and rift with the prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, just a few months before the date scheduled for the presidential vote to take place, Qatar’s news agency reported on Wednesday.

Qatari emir “received a phone call from HE President of Somalia,” Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.

During the call, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance and develop them, in addition to discussing a number of regional and international developments of joint interest.”

There were reports that the president has been exploring ways to end a rift with the prime minister due to fear that the dispute may imperil his re-election chances, days after the premier Mohamed Hussein Roble rejected a presidential decree barring him from signing an agreement with Kenya.

Somali president’s office has not yet made public the details of the phone call with the Qatari emir and officials at his office did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Qatar has been a key supporter of president Farmajo since he was elected in early 2017 and an important financier of his efforts to stay in power beyond his constitutional term, but street clashes and violence over delayed polls and an extension of his term that racked the capital in April forced Doha to make a policy U-turn.

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