Somalia ends UAE role in training its troops

SOMALIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe Somali federal government announced the end of the role of the UAE in the training of Somali forces days after the Somali security forces seized 10 million dollars in two bags arrived on board a private Emirates plane to Mogadishu airport, Al-Jazeera reports.

Somali Defense Minister Mohammed Musallar Sheikh Abdul Rahman said the federal government would take over the UAE- trained forces in full.

In a statement to the Somali news agency SUNA, the minister said that the responsibility of managing the forces trained by the UAE rests with the federal government.

In his statement, Mursalar said that the task of managing the trained forces will be taken over by the UAE in conjunction with the occasion of the anniversary of the Somali National Army on 12 April.

A huge sum

Immediately after the confiscation of $ 10 million on a private UAE plane, the Somali authorities opened an investigation into the source of these funds and where to turn, in addition to the motives of bringing this amount to the country.

Al- Jazeera correspondent in Mogadishu said the authorities confiscated the bags when the UAE embassy was unable to provide convincing explanations about the funds, while the Somali intelligence allowed the plane to leave.

On the other hand, the UAE foreign ministry expressed its contempt for the step and described it as “illegal” and said in a statement Tuesday that the Somali security authorities “seized the funds allocated to support the Somali army and trainees .. And the abuse of some elements of the Somali security on some members of the UAE duty forces.”

“These amounts are intended to support the Somali army and pay their salaries, based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in November 2014 on strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.”

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport in Somalia had recently canceled the tripartite partnership agreement concluded in Dubai, UAE between DP World and Somaliland and the Ethiopian government in the operation of the port of Berbera.

In turn, Djibouti announced the cancellation of the concession contract granted to the DP World Group, which is to operate the station “Durale” for fifty years, and said the decision is “irreversible.”