Published On: Sun, Dec 25th, 2016

Somali Elder warns Turkish and UAE interest in Somalia

Abdi Ahmed Ali, an elder has warned the hidden agenda of Turkish and United Arab Emirates (UAE) interests in Somalia, as both countries are on the ground for investments.

The rivalry between Turkey and the UAE is seemingly spilling into Somalia, as the country is prepares for a presidential election scheduled in January, 2017.

The Elder said the two governments are positioning themselves to ensure the election of allied Somali politician as the country’s next president.

Turkey has been the greatest ally for Somalia since it sent massive aid to Somalia during the 2011 famine that killed hundreds of thousands of Somalis.

Subsequently, the UAE, a long time strategic rival of Turkey had started copy-cat major developments in Somalia in a bid to outshine Turkey.

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