Somali President Takes Step Exposing Personal Dispute with Djibouti’s Leader


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who traveled to Turkey to attend Turkey-Africa Summit, had taken a step exposing his personal dispute with the president of neighboring Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, Caasimada Online news website reported on Thursday.

Farmajo reversed his decision to board Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul after he had received information that the plane would transit at an airport in Djibouti for 45 minutes.

The move has unmasked tensions running high between the Somali leader and his Djibutian counterpart for the last few months, though diplomatic relations between the countries still remain unaffected.

In a statement, Somali president’s office said he had departed from Mogadishu airport on a visit to Turkey after receiving an invitation from Turkish president.

He would “join fellow African Heads of State and government officials for the two-day” Turkey-Africa Summit in Istanbul, the statement added.

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