South West of Somalia cuts ties with Qatar
BAIDOA - South West of Somalia announced that it cut its ties with Qatar because it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for “their noble pursuit to fight extremism” in any form and their firm stance on relations to the issue.
Saudi Arabia and its allies the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have been boycotting Qatar since June 5 in the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.
They sealed the emirate's only land border, ordered its citizens to leave and closed their airspace and waters to Qatari flights and shipping.
They also demanded that it close broadcasting giant Al-Jazeera.
In a statement released Sunday, South West of Somalia said that the decision taken by the Somali government June 6 was made without consideration and consultation with the Somali federal states and the population it will affect.
“We expressed in the leadership forum held in Mogadishu, July 2017, that Somalia cannot take a neutral position because of our historical relationship as well as the strategic partnership we have with the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” said the statement.
“We stated that the UAE and Somalia have centuries of historical, cultural and commercial relationship that transformed to UAE being biggest trading partner to Somalia for the last several decades,” it said.
“The UAE has long been helping Somalia during the crisis by providing humanitarian aid, medicines and emergency relief for many years for our population in all regions,” it added.
South West of Somalia said that it has no choice but to stand with the UAE and Saudi Arabia for their noble pursuit to fight extremism” in any form and their firm stance on relations to the issue because of Mogadishu’s uncompromising position on this matter.