Somalia rejects ‘ridiculous’ UAE incentive to join Yemen war – Middle East Monitor

Somalia has rejected as “ridiculous” an offer made by the UAE for the African state to join the war in Yemen in substitution for financial incentives, the country’s foreign minister has unmasked.

According to Somalia News, the UAE offered to reopen the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu on the condition Somalia take part in the war in Yemen, while officially claiming the Socotra archipelago as Somali territory. The Emirati-run Sheikh Zayed Hospital offered free healthcare to Somali citizens until it was closed by the UAE in 2018, included in a diplomatic row between Abu Dhabi and Mogadishu.

وزير الخارجية الصومالي أحمد عيسى العرض الذي قدمته الامارات سخيف والجواب منا قاسياعادة فتح مستشفى الشيخ زايد الذي…

Publiée par ‎أخبار الصومال‎ sur Samedi 27 juin 2020

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“Somalis are not cheap tools used to implement your demands (…) Yemen is a neighbour and a brotherly country and has its own sovereignty and dignity of its people,” Ahmed Issa Awad said. “The world knows that Socotra is Yemeni land, and has been from ancient times,” that he concluded.

Some Somalis think about the strategically located island as Somali territory and back in 2010 it was reported that Somalia requested the UN to determine the status of the archipelago.

Last year, Awad said that his country’s relations with the UAE are not at the level they ought to. Somali authorities also separated a spy network operating for the UAE. However last week, the UAE sent an aid plane carrying seven metric tonnes of medical supplies to Jubaland, Somalia, to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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