UAE donates nearly $10M to Somalia drought relief after release of seized cash

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia May 30, 2019. Picture taken May 30, 2019. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

ABU DHABI (Somaliguardian) – New ruler of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Thursday ordered the provision of 35 million dirhams (about $9.5 million) of an urgent humanitarian assistance to support the country’s drought relief efforts, hours after Somali authorities released cash seized from the UAE in 2018.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble traveled to Abu Dhabi on the same day to offer his government’s condolences to the Emirati authorities over the death of Gulf Arab nation’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. He is also set to deliver a message of congratulations and greetings from new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to the new ruler of UAE.

In a landmark move, Somali government released $9.6 million from the UAE which was confiscated by security personnel at Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu in 2018, in an incident some of the country’s political stakeholders said lied behind rivalries between Gulf nations. The administration of outgoing Somali president sided with Qatar in rift with other Arab nations. read more

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