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Somalia turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Image of Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on 8 February 2017 [AMISOM Public Information/Flickr]
Image of Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on 8 February 2017 [AMISOM Public Information/Flickr]

Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been offered $80 million in exchange for his agreement to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, the New Khalij news outlet reported a prominent journalist has revealed.

“After two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer,” journalist Jaber Al-Harimi said.

Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted unnamed sources saying “there was pressure put on the Somali government by Saudi Arabia to reverse Somalia’s decision to stay neutral in the siege imposed by some Arab governments on the State of Qatar.”

Read: Trump chooses multibillion-dollar Saudi deal over security cooperation with Qatar

The sources confirmed that Saudi Arabia threatened to withdraw financial aid to the Somali government unless Somalia change its neutral stand in which it has called for an end to the political dispute between Qatar and the other Arab nations through dialogue via Islamic organisations like the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The sources added that “ministers of the Somali government returned from Saudi Arabia after meetings with their counterpart were unexpectedly postponed.” It is understood that the rulers of the UAE, with the knowledge of Saudi Arabia, have already sought to persuade Farmajo, who won the presidency despite opposition from the UAE, to change his position.

Sources close to Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, explained to the New Khalij that the rulers of the UAE, in particular the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed, would have preferred the former president, Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, to remain in power, especially because of the concessions that the UAE were given by Mahmoud, including contracts for the unfettered access and management of a number of Somali ports that would have provided the UAE with an important strategic position in trading across the world. The new Somali President, Farmajo, has vowed to reverse a number of agreements, some of which have been described as “illegal”.

Read more: Qatar says no expulsions of nationals from countries that cut ties

Also arriving yesterday in the Somali capital were a Qatari delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sultan Bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, to hold talks between the Gulf States and officials of the Somali Federal government. According to sources, the Qatari delegation met with the Somali Prime Minister, Hasan Ali Khairi, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are also expected to meet Farmajo.

The Qatari delegation praised the non-aligned stance taken by government towards the Gulf countries and encouraged Somali leaders to maintain their stance against the embargo on Qatar at any cost.

Somalia allowed Qatar the use of its airspace to break the no fly restriction imposed by the Arab countries. “At least 15 Qatari planes flew through Somali Airspace on the first day of the blockade on Qatar,” the Associated Press quoted an official with the aviation authority as saying.

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  • Bashi Moalin

    We will never follow orders from Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a victim of extortion from idiotic kingdoms Somalia knows great friends

    • Mahad Mahamud

      Keep your dirty money and respect the decision taken by the Somali government we are no longer dancing with your music being there done that.

    • Wesley Dodds

      Good. Let your other “great friends” feed your people and take of your needs.

      • Bashi Moalin

        Wesley, I know your name is enough to tell me you are ignorant about these issues. Saudi Arabia never fed our people. So instead they can feed yours. We never asked any help from the biggest terrorist on earth.

    • Emmanuel Hitilasha

      Respect

    • Yes, the West should remain out of this dispute as well, all other nations in the region should be neutral.

  • abdisamed mohamed

    We can go alone as we were doing for the last 27years of anarchy without Arab support. Thanks to our African brothers.

    • Wesley Dodds

      Because your African brothers have been helping Somalia for so many years. (That is sarcasm, by the way.)

      • doloresd

        If Somali is so great was is everyone fleeing the country in little boats?

  • Sultaan Maxamed Jaamaac

    The Saudi govt has embarrassed the MUSLIM UMMAH by severing ties and imposing siege on Qatar in the Holy month of Ramadan. Shame on them and the Muslim UMMAH should unite in removing them from power coz they are unfit to lead the UMMAH.

    • Shazam Rx

      Saudi Arabia is not for leading the Ummah rather the blame is on the people who has forsaken the ummah ” Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”Holy Quran (13:11)

  • Sultaan Maxamed Jaamaac

    Viva SOMALIA for turning down the offer of 80 million dollars to sever ties with Qatar. Money cannot by our conscience and we Will stand with Qatar. Enough respect to president Mohamed cabdullahi FARMAJO we are proud of you.

  • Abdirashid Ali

    President Farmaajo is cognisant with the fact that Somali population are not Happy with SA stand against a sisterly country Qatar. His reputation as the people’s president will be enhanced by his stand on the current disagreement in the Gulf. Somalia peace and development will largely depends on the change in the population attitude towards it than monetary enticement from abroad. Saudia taking advantage of Somalia’s weakness is a clear evidence that they have no interest in Somalia population and the recovery of the state.

    • Kafi Liban

      Love Well said. But we are not supporting Qatar neither (all are same when it comes to Somalia long standing plight). We will rather support Turkish political grounds and geo political safe guards. way u lay the egg carefully.

      • Jama Samantar

        Suadi arabia is trying to flex their mucsles in the region and Qatar is not buying that being self sufficient can put you in trouble now days

      • Macalin Kusow

        Kafia . You are right. The are where our problems are not getting solved is our so called brothers from Arab nations. They infiltrated and used to inslave our so called big coats men in power their dirty money. They slave our youth and torture. Let the people of Somalia now that all we share is the faith of our religion of islam. Otherwise we don’t need them. If they respect our sovereign state of FRS, then let the Somali people respect as neighbor . Gulf countries don’t like Somalia be peace. Their countries are in highland while somali is low land. If the people of Somali get peace and explore their natural resources that will automatically drain their Wells into somali. Geological studies have proven that. And Arabs are smart to spoon feed few thousand dollars with guys whom their political career and experience is buying a big coat and claiming to be politicians.

    • Wesley Dodds

      Thank you for helping to prove that the Somalia people support a decision not to reject the terrorist supporting activities of Qatar. We can remember that the next time Somalia and U.N. charities ask for help for Somalia. Maybe your other friends can start to feed your people and take of your needs, since Somalia has been incapable of this for decades, and have no appreciation for those who have helped them.

      • Abdirashid Ali

        If you seriously keen on who the sponsors of terrorism in the world area, do a bit of research. Somalia although a fragile and conflict ridden country , thanks to the external meddling and the corrupt officials and marauding thugs claiming to be fighting for a noble cause (of course a lie), is an independent country which is entitled to chart its foreign policy. As far as feeding our people, God willing we shall do it as we did in the past. As for your support if its conditional to us following your misguided labelling of others as terrorists because they refuse to follow your blindly, keep your money.

        • Abdulrahman

          Don’t waste any time on him, he’s a Trump supporter. Not worth it.

          • doloresd

            What does Trump have to do with it? The Gulf states had the same problem with Qatar in 2014.

          • Abdulrahman

            Other than him given them the green light to go this far with it you mean? His idiotic tweets saying he supports this, and then while giving a speech in the White House lawn an hour after his secretary of state said the U.S. values Qatar’s role in the region?

            And the point was that the person I was referring to is another deplorable Trump supporter who cannot be reasoned with nor be persuaded by facts. No offence 😉

      • Salmaan Dheere

        saudi only gives Somalia Dates and Cooking oil and that was a humanitarian issues not political,, How ever you are a weak you don’t have to follow other people’s orders ,,

    • Emmanuel Hitilasha

      Respect to that man and quite frankly, thats a fundamental African way of dissolving tension among neighbors and families!

      • Mattan

        Respect, I agree with you 100 %. It’s time to be pan Africanist.

        • Emmanuel Hitilasha

          I just hope he live long, because the Babylon creatures are already on him due to this!

  • Bilal HACHIN IBRAHIM

    we don’t need support but will stay with Qatar which support muslim umma.

  • Abrar Ahmed

    if Qatar is in a right way ..Allah will be with him…and if Allah is with Qatar all other Countries are against Allah and He surely punish them..!

    • Mohamed Ismail

      This spat is really coming from the new Benito Mussolini in the White House and from New York Russian mafia (the new dictators).
      The new SA king is looking killing already the poor Yemens with all arms they bought since KSA found..

      These gulf arab at present run by New York banks.They are threat to the region and east Africa. They are .They are buying Berbera cheap and bringing Ethiopia to create disaster in the Horn A frica.
      Arabs as meibhors neven took that kind venture to Africa.

  • Mohammed Sheikh

    Is not like the Saudi Arabia has been there for the Somalis anyways, Is it worth it the $80M to cut Ties with your Muslim brother Qatar I dont think so, Money cant buy a single soul. Is all about making the right choice and not Enemies.

  • Ahmed Eegge Sheiky

    If that is true I salute President Farmaajo he is real hero what Saudi Arabia done for Somalia for the last 25 years Somalia was suffering with war and famine we don’t need their filthy money we can survive without $80 million.

    We are standing with Qatar people and it’s government Saudi Arabia is bully boy trying to isolate small country Qatar but they have millions of people from around the world supporting and even ready to defend Qatar any aggression from Saudi Arabia and others.

    • Kafi Liban

      Well said. But we are not supporting Qatar neither (all are same when it comes to Somalia long standing plight). We will rather support Turkish political grounds and geo political safe guards.

  • Ahmed

    Somalia needs both Saudi and and can not take sides. The fact that Saudi is the bigger, more powerful side and historically stronger relations was not enough to sway the position of the Somali government regarding the Qatar blockade.

  • Ahmed

    Few months ago, Somali president requested Saudi Arabia to mediate and help stop Emirati interference in Somali affairs particularly the Berbera military base. Blur the Saudi did not help and Emirates proceeded withe illegal base and port. Somalia kept quiet and no other country helped. Now Saudi and USE are begging Somalia to sever ties with Qatar. Why because they need the symbolic and diplomatic support for their illegal and wrong blockade on Qatar.

  • ismaailson

    Saudi efforts to freeze Qatari funding for Hamas has only one real beneficiary — Israel.
    The Turks have aligned more closely with Qatar than UAE/KSA in recent years, and are much softer on the Brotherhood than those two (as well as Egypt, obviously). This blockade against Qatar is thus also seen as a vote of no confidence on Turkey’s policies and a major blow to any sort of “Sunni-unity” that Washington has been trying to whip up against Iran. You can’t just blockade Turkey’s closest Arab ally and expect everything to continue as normal in the region.
    Somalia move is highly welcomed by those Muslim world that really harbour disdain for Israel. As for Saudi it has lost credibility on this move against Qatar

    • doloresd

      Why can’t Israel and Palestine have a two State system? Would that work?

  • UK lover

    The Somali government has done wonderful job not to accept the bribery from the Al SAUD Wahhabis. If Somalia would have accepted the duds, the Al SAUD Wahhabis would destroy the whole country. The Salafis are the real terrorists and are fully funding to Terrorist Al Shabab extremist. WELL DONE FARMAJO. 🙋

    • XariifMan

      Stop being dumb and stop throwing around one of the names of Allah. Salafi Islam is here to stay in Somalia. Get used to it, kids.

      • UK lover

        Al SAUD Wahhabis regime financially and supporting the terrorists like ISIL. Al Shabab and instructed them to kill every single Muslims, Non Muslims living on this earth.
        You still haven’t learned a lesson what happens to Somalia. How many innocent people men, women and children are being killed and these FITNA created by the AL SAUD WAHHABIS regime. They finance these terrorists with billions of dollars buying weapons to kill innocent Somali.
        See how these Wahhabis ideology treating his own neighbours brother in Islam and want to destroy them.
        WAIT AND WATCH HABIBI.

  • Ahmed

    The Somali government should now that there will consequences for their neutral decision for many years to come. The Saudi and Emirates can continue the blockade of Somali livestock which was in place well before this saga of Qatar blockade. Politically, they can harm Somalia in many ways. I do not want to speculate, so let us wait and see.

    • Yasin Muhumed

      Somalia will not get consequence from Saudi Arabia and other arab countries. Somali people were sufering sivil war and extremester groups who placed in Somalia last 27 years. Do you know what arab countries did to Somalia? They suspened somali livstocks to emport to their countries.In addition, they invested extremest groups. So we Don need their money,we survived without help more than 25 years. The game finished and no longer to interver ourdecisions. President Farmajo live long and vive Somalia.

      • Ahmed

        Yasin. Please note I fully support the president’s decision s I cited in y other comments. I am just highlighting how the KSA and UAE can hit back and I want us be prepared.

  • Kafi Liban

    Well said. But we are not supporting Qatar neither (all are same when it comes to Somalia long standing plight). We will rather support Turkish political grounds and geo political safe guards.

  • Ahmed

    It was not for nothing that the Somali people are called poor, proud and fanatic. The proud aspect is in full display now in Somalia decision to resist Saudi and UAE pressure to support their Qatar blockade. Saudi and UAE have big economic and political leverage over the Somali government, but the Somali leaders remained true to their “proud” Somali nature.

    • Wesley Dodds

      That’s fine. Somalia prefers contempt for the suffering of its own people rather than join the responsible nations of the world in this blockade over Qatar’s support for terrorism. Somalia is so proud that it relies on handouts from the rest of the world for basic feeding and care of its public. That’s how proud it is. Somalia is so proud that after decades of help, it shows contempt for those who have helped them, rather than try to do something to repay the great kindness and mercy shown to its people. What “pride” Somalia has.

      • Shaxshaxda Warta

        Wesley as i watch the somalis suffering from the drought all the help that comes to them comes from another somali. So before you bark let me educate you about Somalia. Somalia was lack of functioning government for more than two decades and times Somalia needed help was when there was drought OK not because they were poor get that through your ignorent thick head. Now I ask will any westerner function without traffic lights in latest say 5 minutes 😆😆😆😆😆

      • Ahmed

        The suffering of the Somali people was imposed by USA and KSA in the first place. So, do you expect people whose government you robbed to thank you for handouts? just like they want to destroy rich Qatar and then offer some aid to the “suffering” people. I laughed when I read reports that KSA is offering medical aid to Qatar.

        There are some good countries that support Somalia in goodwill but USA, KSA and UAE are not among them.

        The responsible nations we join in this are Turkey, Malaysia, Sudan, Ethiopia and soon.

        If Qatar supports terrorism, the US would have acted against it long time ago because they have 10,000 soldiers in Qatar. This crisis something else and we understand.

        We have great pride indeed.

      • Abdulrahman

        lol Responsible nations of the world? Which? Saudia? UAE? Egypt? Bahrain? They are each guilty of grieve human rights violations against their own people. Also, of the 19 9/11 hijackers, 15 were from Saudia, 2 from the UAE, 1 from Lebanon, and the ring leader was an Egyptian. But sure, it’s Qatar.

        “after decades of help” What help are you talking about? Seriously where do you come up with this stuff?

  • Ahmed

    The talk of money ($80m) to buy Somalia political support for Qatar blockade is silly. Somalia have survived 27 years of anarchy and can survive more. But, how come Saudi think they can buy something like that, if this is selling and buying, which it is not and should be at least for Somali leaders, than what guarantees Saudis have that Qatar may not offer billions with no strings attached because it is less of a bully and has more cash to spare.

  • Mohamed Abdinur

    The Saudi, Egyptian, Libyan (puppet government), UAE, Bahrain and Yemeni (puppet government in SA) governments are shameful group of so called Muslim nations. What kind of Muslim tries to starve out other Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan? Qatar’s embargo is a modern day siege, and then they have the audacity to hold Somali’s who are facing a humanitarian crisis from the drought as hostages. This is the great Muslims of our time who take marching orders from the likes of Trump.

    Somali’s know war, death, and suffering … these hollow threats from pretend princelings and armchair generals don’t scare people who lived more than 2 decades in constant conflict. It was apparently a Russian hack that fooled these louts in Saudi. Another Saudi coup to have Arabs fighting Arabs over nothing … Somali’s don’t want any part of that nonsense. UAE and Saudi money most likely funds Al-Shabab and they go around and say Qatar is supporting terrorists. We have payed in blood for our infant Democracy; they just want to spread their backwards domestic extremism to every other Muslim world so they could enjoy the ostentatious lifestyle safely while young Muslims die everywhere else poisoned by the radicalism they exported.

    With all that said I think it’s the right move in being non-aligned. Don’t go out of the way to provoke the Saudis, Farmaajo being a US citizen should use his contacts/ platform to encourage dialogue. When Elephants are fighting it’s best to be the bird … treat situation like it never happened and Somalia is open for business as usual. Say “NO” to coercion that is against the interests of Somali’s and our allies; currently UAE is a nuisance to Somalia. Let bigger more capable nations like Germany, US, Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran worry about the details. We don’t have time for stupid wars; we are still recovering from ours.

    • Wesley Dodds

      The honest truth is the failure of Somalia to challenge extremism within Somalia – is what enables Al-Shabab. Al-Shabab terrorists are not flown in from Saudi Arabia. They come right from Somalia. That is the truth.

      • Mohamed Abdinur

        Global Jihadists fly in from all over the world including Britain and the US. The first known US suicide Bomber happened in Somalia but was directly flown in from the US; search it up. That is what is visible, but what is not easily visible and beneath the surface is the dark money that funds it as well as the salafist/ Wahhabi doctrines that fuel it.

        Somali’s have challenged terrorism, among other many social strife’s. Somalia is working with Western partners and regional partners to tamp down on the Shabab also Piracy is another issue the fledgling government is combating directly. There are reports just this week of the death of 38 to 72 Somali soldiers in conflict with Shabab, please explain where there was a failure to challenge extremists? The mighty US turned tail and ran just after losing 18 of their elite soldiers so I would say Somalis are paying a considerable price to fight terrorism. Clearly you don’t know what you are talking about; I would encourage you to research before typing.

      • Abdulrahman

        Speaking of truth, why are most mass shootings in the U.S. done by White Christian men? Why are they so angry and full of hate? Also, why are they so outraged by Kathy Griffin’s holding a fake bloodied Trump head when for years while Obama was in office they often burned dolls that were made in his liking, and often talked about shooting him even?

        • doloresd

          That’s not true. Christians don’t kill for religion. They gave that up over 1,000 years ago. Mass shootings in the US are done by mentally ill people. Young Christians are taught that parts of the bible are obsolete (like killing others in the name of Religion). That is the difference between Christianity and Islam. Islam indoctrinates young children with the Koran. They teach children to kill infidels and that’s it’s ok to lie. They teach them Sharia law etc. That’s how Jihadists are created.

          • Abdulrahman

            Could you be more specific as the date of when Christians gave it up?

            So, if mass shootings and killing are done by mentally ill people, why was Tim Macvey executed? Dylann roof? Shall I go on? What about the Lord Resistance Army in Africa? Most white suprmaists in the U.S. are Bible thumping Christians, why is that?

            You clearly have no clue what the koran teaches or what most Muslims believe beyond the Islamophobic BS propaganda for the likes of Fox noise.

  • Somali Pan-African

    We must stay neutral no matter how much money Saudis try to persuade us.
    My country Somalia is not Arab country. This is Arab issue that does not concern us. So we stay neutral to keep good relations with all players in Middle East.

    Sorry Saudi Arabia, we will not choose a side. Qatar is muslim country, they have a right upon us to treat every muslim country good. Prophet PBUH said muslim is brother of muslim. Until there is no evidence that Qatar supports Terrorists we cannot severe the ties.

  • Somali Pan-African

    We must stay neutral no matter how much money Saudis try to persuade us.
    My country Somalia is not Arab country. This is Arab issue that does not concern us. So we stay neutral to keep good relations with all players in Middle East.

    Sorry Saudi Arabia, we will not choose a side. Qatar is muslim country, they have a right upon us to treat every muslim country good. Prophet PBUH said muslim is brother of muslim. Until there is no evidence that Qatar supports Terrorists we cannot severe the ties.

    We need hardcore evidence that Qatar supports terrorist groups including Harakat Alshabab.

    If evidence shows that Qatar Govt and citizens supports terrorists from Islamic State, Jabhatu Nusrah (Tahriiru Sham), Boko Haram, Ansar Al Shariah and Harakat Alshabab, then we will severe our ties with them.

  • Liban Abdi Warsame

    If Saudi Arabia succeeds its temptation to lure Somalia. Then KSA, UAE and Egypt will leave no stone unturned to undermine the burgeoning Turko-Somali geostrategic relations, which would cost them a key foothold in the region. Hence, Somalia cannot afford to take sides in the evolving Gulf spat at the expense of its longer-term national interests.

  • NAJIB J

    I am very pleased for the decision taken by Farmaajo our president, this disgusting sheiks want to puy our president.

  • Amigo Ganesa Sockalingam

    Thanks to all the Somali for Not Dancing with the music – We must always chose the path of Peace what ever the cost may be – when come to choice of Peace or War. A wise man in the name of Abdul Baha’i said in 1910 at Paris Talks ” You had so many war for so many years – why not try Peace for the change, if you don’t like the peace You can always go to War” – Today we are witnessing so many unrest in many place that all created by our own self due to choosing of wrong – Let is stand up for the change to that our next generation can have some peace in life.

    • Wesley Dodds

      Failing to take a stand against terrorism is not peace, it is merely enabling war. There is a big difference.

      • Mattan

        You think you are well versed with somali issues but you just a simple minded person. You don’t have basic knowledge of Somalia or the somali people. Your understanding of somali current affairs is based on the silly news papers that you read.

      • Ahmed

        Wesley. If Somalia has to cut ties with countries funding terrorism, that should include KSA, UK and others. Do your homework.

      • Salmaan Dheere

        USA and Israel are the biggest terrorist in the world they fund and arm then use them to destroy Muslim Nations,

  • knights0076

    it is unfortunate that saudis, uae, have become thugs of the middle east, instead of bombing basher al asad and iraqi terrorist govt who are killing sunnis they are trying to bully anyone who dont go along with their toe line,

  • Abdul Hassan

    Well well I think that the Somalian president he should cut ties with Qatar because we can’t afford another 27 years of war or hung and people need to think before we support Qatar because Qatar support Iran and Iran is a enemy of all Muslims and people keep forgetting that the president of Somalian people should think again and call the king of suadi Arabia and UAE we can’t afford to play games with people lifes because people need to think before we support Qatar we need to get rid of the Ethiopia and Kenya because they don’t us to succeed in anything and everything if people are looking for evidence Iran is one evidence and the president of the Somalian people should fully understand the importance of this situation and I honestly hope that we had a lot of people destroy the country already don’t be like the rest of the them and Mr president u have 4 years and I honestly hope that you could make a difference to the future of our best and most beautiful country in Africa and the kids could rebuild our country just remember

    • Mohamed Zahid

      “I think that the Somalian president he should cut ties with Qatar because we can’t afford another 27 years of war”. Can you please help me get that logic?

      In order to get out of the 26+ yrs of anarchy, shall you need to get into new unnecessary mess-ups and fresh hostilities? By cutting ties with Qatar, what are the pros and cons?

  • Abdul Hassan

    And is not about the money but the beautiful truth and if £80million is there why not do people know what that £80million could do for our kids or people just like to talk think before you talk people

  • jimbox

    An African leader who cannot be bought! He has my attention.

  • Ahmed Tulicha Adan

    This is why many nations do fight strong Somalia. The fact remains that president farmajo took the right decesion considering the Somali people wishes and wants. Tel Saudi we are not for sale however we poor, and cash can buy our rightful opinion. We loos nothing in being neutral and being part of the solutions not part of the problem creations. I am a Kenyan Somali proud of my brother HE, the president of the great nation of Somalia al-haji boqor farmajo. Thumps up for you.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    If Saudi was strong enough why not go one on one with Qatar, while recruiting many to join the siege. Cowardly bullies the lot of them including Qatar

  • Kenneth E. Bauzon

    It’s pathetic when the US-backed Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has to rely on money rather than reason to try to muscle the Somali government into joining this alliance, and impose its convoluted and self-serving definition of terrorism on others.

    • Wesley Dodds

      No, it is pathetic that after all the years of help for Somalia that it will not do its part in challenging extremists. There is a good reason why Al-Shabab still remains undefeated in Somalia. It is helpful for America and the world for the new Somalia government to show its true colors.

      • NAJIB J

        You absolutely dont known what you talking about? The father and mother of Alshabab is Sauidi Arabia.

      • Mohamed Abdinur

        Explain in detail what “its part” should be to challenge extremists. You know Somalia has the highest number of women in government power structure for a Muslim nation. Somalia welcomes to assistance to fight Shebab directly from even the US AFRICOM, as well as the AMISOM.

        Do you know how large Somalia is? I’ll give you a hint it’s about as large as Afghanistan. US and the NATO Article 5 response from its allies went into Afghanistan with a fighting force of well trained and well resourced army with 60,000+ personnel as well as Special Forces/ Intelligence assets to fight the Taliban. After 16 years Sec. Defence for US Gen. Mattis said the following just yesterday ‘We are not winning in Afghanistan’: Defense Secretary Mattis. Somalia and AMISOM have been doing this very same counter insurgency battle on a budget that pales in comparison to the Afghan expedition. They have been achieving accomplishments in driving Shebab out of dense urban settings. They have done this with number of 22,000 poorly trained and under resourced army that barely has a supply chain. They have done this with humanitarian backdrop of a drought and political realignments. They have done this with a backdrop of a civil war as well as the interrelated shifting sands of clan rivalries that are involved with Somalia. Warlords and war profiteers such as pirates have also posed a challenge. Yet with all this you sit on the sideline to criticise without knowing a damn thing.

        • doloresd

          Well it is up to the will of your own nations to defend your country. The US is just there to train the Afghans to defend themselves. Do you think we like being there? No we don’t but the whole world has a responsibility to fight the Jihadists that want to take over with Sharia law and their sick Caliphate. If Saudia Arabia is sponsoring terrorists then they need to stop it immediately. Why can’t everyone get along? Wipe out the Terrorists and we can all live in peace.

      • Ahmed

        Wesley….Shut up the illogical comments. The Somali government fights terrorism every day and will do so. Its true colors that of wisdom and not juvenile KSA.

      • Kenneth E. Bauzon

        Wesley Dodds, you argue that Somalia deserves to be punished by Saudi Arabia because “it will not do its part in challenging extremists.” Who’s the godfather here? Saudi Arabia? Because your argument sounds like it came straight out of the movie in which the godfather is trying to enforce some kind of honor among thugs or, at least on someone — Somalia in this case — who no longer wishes to be bound by this kind of honor code.

  • Wesley Dodds

    Thank you for pointing out the extremist stance of Somalia to the American public and the world. The next time someone claims that Somalia is “moderate,” we just need to go back to this documented decision by Somalia to refuse to challenge Qatar and its pro-terrorist positions. We can refer to this article to give us the evidence for this. In Somalia, Al-Shabab did not form in a vacuum. The stadiums in Somalia full of people cheering to see raped children being stoned to death was not some “creation” of Al-Shabab. We have known of the extremist views of the Somalian people for years, even as generous and merciful people around the world have tried to help Somalia. When after Somalia has been the beneficiary of the world’s charity and mercy for many years, and for ONCE, Somalia is asked to actually DO something for a change, this refusal to take a stand against terrorism is what we see. I will remember this the next time the U.N. or charity wants help for Somalia. There are many other nations that need help other than Somalia. You want to support terrorist-supporting Qatar. Fine. Let them feed you people, and take of your needs. The Gulf states should include Somalia in their boycott. Let Qatar, let Iran, let Russia, take care of you for the next decade or two. They will also eventually become aware of your duplicity and ungrateful nature.

    • Shazam Rx

      If Somalia refuses Saudi Arabia request suddenly Somalia is a bad country? to be honest the issue is between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Somalia is trying not to be part of the issue as it has its own problem to take care of. Also this entire issue with Qatar and Saudi Arabia is a bit confusing to most people because it happened suddenly and not much information is known so why speculate the situation?

    • husan jibril

      Your brain should be checked no one help Somalia every nation Elvolve Somalia issue they are there for their own interest.

      The main reason Somalia in this situation because western and some Arab countries manipulating somalia’s local affairs.

      • Aisha Omar

        Good

    • Mattan

      You just a nacas, yupping yupping with no concrete points. Why waste your time and energy, if you think you know that well maybe go work for the media housed and bullshit infront of people who have no knowledge of Somalia.

  • Teflon KC

    Qatar, along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and the other Gulf states are all financiers and arms suppliers of ISIS, Al Shabaab and other Wahaabi Salafist groups. I yearn for the day when Somalia moves away completely from every one of these Arab countries and leaves the Arab league. They are providing arms to Daesh in Syria right now but they like to call them “moderate rebels” in the news. Much respect to my president, Farmaajo, for not allowing himself to be bought by these war criminals in Riyadh.

  • Moha Bin Bares

    I like that we follow where our brothers Turkey are unlikely Saudi Arabia ,They should have blocked Israel instead of Qatar

  • Chiedozie

    Good of Somali government to avoid being embroiled in a disagreement between brothers. Qatar and Saudi Arabia shall one day be reconciled. SA will thank Somali for not allowing them to finish off their brother in a moment of anger. Qatar will thank Somali for being a window of help in their moment of trial. God will bless Somali for being peace makers. Well done Somali.

  • Akkel Miah

    enormous respect for the President for being with the Justice for being with Humanity for being with civilization. offering money proves the al saud govt backed decision towards Qatar is how uncivilized, unjustified, arbitary and barbar!

  • XariifMan

    Hey Somalis who’re commenting here, stop being dumb and throwing around whole kinds of accusations against Saudi Arabia. Yes, the Somali government is right to be neutral, but throwing around insults because you can put two English sentences together is just childish and stupid. Express your views without throwing insults around.

    Keep in mind Saudi Arabia has provided hundreds of millions of USD to the Somalis throughout the time we’ve been in difficulty. Qatar did as well. So have others. And at the end of the day, Saudis and Qataris are our fellow Muslims, and we need to be neutral in their dispute.

    This is about being neutral in the dispute between 2 brothers.

  • At least someone is showing some independence in their foreign policy…it seems the Arab League is not as subject to Saudi Arabia’s wishes as some might believe.

  • Abdul Hassan

    Well as I before people keep forgetting that the Qataris support Iran and Iran is against all Muslims people just remember that people and am telling Mr president please think about it again if you Mr president don’t think that this decision u toke will affect our future Mr president u have 4 years make a difference or we have another 27 years or more of war and hang for our future is your decision Mr president believe me

  • Mohammed

    SaudiArabia has some bloody nerves, to try an interfere in Somalia internal affairs….this Saudi is an extortionist regime, not Islamic….

  • Ahmed

    How Qatar can both be staunch US ally against terrorism, host 10,000 yankees at Al Ubbied base and be funding the same terrorism? Why this blockade wouldn’t happen during the Obama administration?

    I think any sane person can answer these questions.

    • doloresd

      It did happen under the Obama administration. The same Gulf states did this same freeze out of Qatar in 2014. So what’s your theory now?

  • Ahmed

    Why ask Somalia and not Kuwait and Oman?

  • Kayseri Erciyesspor

    Saudi Arabia even dares to offer a bribe to a leader of a drought-hit country like Somalia! shameless really shameless.
    and the character posting by the fake name of Wesley… is probably a shameless UAE/Saudi fixer coz on people like him they spend fortune instead of helping the needy people in Somalia, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere.

  • Not a fan of Israel

    Shouldn’t be all that long before Mossad carries out a False Flag bombing to deepen the conflict.