Somali's president Farmajo rejects bribe of $80M to severe links with Qatar

The oil rich Arab nation has now threatened to withdraw financial aid to the Somali.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar last week accusing the land locked nation of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

Somalia however decided to remain neutral and instead call for dialogue through Islamic organisations like the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to solve the escalating political crisis.

The monetary offer by Saudi Arabia was hoped would be enough to convince the Somali government to reverse its decision to stay neutral.

On Sunday, a high-level Qatari delegate led by Qatari's Minister State for Foreign Affairs Sultan Bin Saad Al Muraikhi arrived at Somali’s capital to hold talks between the Gulf States and officials of the Somali Federal government, according to MEM.

The Qatari delegation met with Somali’s Prime Minister, Hasan Ali Khairi, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are also expected to meet Farmajo.

Somali has also allowed Qatar Airways to use its airspace in order to break the no fly restriction imposed by the Arab countries.

African countries are not immune to the diplomatic crisis and already Egypt and Mauritius have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Last week Kenya held a crisis meeting to chat way forward over Qatar crisis and avoid being drawn into the gulf crisis.

Kenya’s foreign policy also stipulates that Kenya would always remain neutral when it comes to international crisis.

Dangling the financial rewards carrot is a common practice in the international community where most  African and Asian countries are always promised financial rewards for supporting the position of a wealthy powerful nation.

Immediately after coming to Power the Somali president broke tradition by flying to Saudi Arabia on unofficial visit to talk with the wealthy Arab Nation to seek assistance on how it can assist Somali tackle the ongoing drought.

He was hoping Saudi Arabia too would invest in Somali and help meet some of his campaign pledges such as creating jobs.

Saudi Arabia has now threatened to withdraw financial aid to the Somali government unless Somalia change its neutral stand.

Thousands of Somalis also live and operate businesses in United Arab Emirates and it is not yet clear how the new development will affect them.

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