Somalia appeals Qatar for urgent financial support to pay unpaid soldiers

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    Somalia appeals Qatar for urgent financial support to pay unpaid soldiers

    Somalia Federal Government has appealed Qatari Government for urgent financial support to pay its unpaid soldiers who have been striking since past week, according to a letter seen by Horn Globe News and sources familiar with the request.

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In this file photo of November 2017, Somali Internal Security Minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow is seen meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in Doha, Qatar. | Photo Credit Twitter/QNA.
Somalia Federal Government has appealed Qatari Government for urgent financial support to pay its unpaid soldiers who have been striking since past week, according to a letter seen by Horn Globe News and sources familiar with the request.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Somali forces vacated their bases in Mahaday and around Jowhar in Middle Shabelle following a row over unpaid salaries. The protesting forces who that day barricaded in Bal’ad, a town of 30KM north of Mogadishu vowed to storm the capital.

Two days earlier, al-Shabaab militants took over Dhanaane village outside Mogadishu as a result of the withdrawal of SNA’s 12th April brigade due to unpaid salaries.


In a request letter dated on March 20, Somali Internal Security Minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow writes to Qatari Amir and his Security Minister: "the security situation in the capital has been deteriorating to a highly dangerous level and that is after Somalia National Army vacated numerous regions near the capital due to unpaid salaries for six months while the police and intelligence force did not receive payments for three months consecutively.”

A letter dated on March 20, to Qatari Emir and his Interior Minister, the Somali Internal Security Minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow said "the security situation in the capital has been deteriorating to a highly dangerous level”

The letter alerts the Qatari Emir that "Your Highness, the continuation of this situation will bring dire consequences to the governance system and obstruction of the peace process in the country.”

In the letter, the minister further complained about suspension of funds by Somalia’s traditional donors over its decision to ‘support to Qatari’s fair case’ against the Saudi-led coalition’s blockage.

"Most of the countries have suspended their financial support because of the position by the Somali Government in backing your fair case,” Minister Islow added.

The Somali minister reminded the Qatari officials of his worries about such situation during a previous meeting.

"During our meeting, I’ve stressed our fears of such a situation, if we don’t get enough financial backing to run the government administration from your side,” the letter notes.

Referring the urgent need of the government, in the letter, the Somali minister of security appealed for a pump in funds within coming weeks contrary to which he warned that the government will be in a critical condition.

"If we do not receive [funds] within the coming weeks, the condition of the current government will be in jeopardy.”

Qatari’s pledge

The authenticity of the letter, which the ministry previously disputed, has been verified to Horn Globe News by a confidential source familiar with the request.

The source further clarified the said meeting the letter referred was during a February 27th visit by Somali government delegation to Doha which President Farmajo spearheaded.

In that visit, the Qatari News Agency reported that Amir of Qatar pledged budget support to the Somali government with a total of QR 73 million (USD20 million).

But, according to Horn Globe News source, the Somali government delegation expressed dissatisfaction with the USD20 million pledge which was not sufficient to cover the urgent needs Mogadishu presented.

By: Abdalle Ahmed Mumin



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