Somalia: Govt Summons UAE Ambassador Over DP World Concession for Berbera Port

Few signs show the way Laas Geel lies off the main asphalt road from Hargeisa to Berbera - a potential tourist destination itself due to pristine beaches and a historic old center of crumbling Ottoman architecture. It is reached after a bumpy cross-country drive. "The place is still completely natural so you don’t recognize it as the tourist attraction," said one German tourist.

The minister of state for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Abdelkader Ahmed-Khair Abdi in his office at the ministry of foreign affairs today, received his Excellency Mohamed Ahmed Osman Alhammadi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

During the meeting, a number of issues took place, including the illegal agreement between the administration of Somaliland and the Dubai global ports company on the Somali port of Berbera and the legal issues that might result in violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia.

The Secretary of state for foreign affairs and international cooperation said that the federal government of Somalia is distributing quotas and development programmes in all Somali territories without exception, and will not compromise its sovereignty and national ownership, and will not agree to any agreement that will be reached without it.

For his part, the UAE Ambassador to Somalia stressed that his country was fully committed to protecting, respecting and supporting the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Somalia, stating that there was a need for continued coordination and consultation to broaden and deepen cooperation between the two countries, thereby ensuring Somali Somali.

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