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The high-ranking official was expected to pay a visit to Somalia's capital Mogadishu this week.
HARGEISA, Somalia - A high-level delegation from Qatar has touched down at Egal airport in Hargeisa, the capital of Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Somaliland on Saturday morning.
Somaliland’s deputy foreign minister Liban Yusuf has accorded a warm welcome to the Qatari delegation led by a special envoy of the foreign minister of the rich Gulf state Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani.
A Qatari delegation was expected to arrive in Mogadishu this week, to meet with outgoing Somali government officials for mediation at a time when the country is embroiled in a bitter election dispute.
Al-Qahtani was sent to Mogadishu for reconciling Somali leaders in deadlock over the election. It is unclear if he will arrive in the city after Farmajo has today officially handed over power to the PM.
Somaliland has been heavily invested by UAE as the Dubai-based port operator DP World reached a $442m contract with the breakaway region in 2018 to manage and expand Berbera port.
According to the deal, DP World holds a 51% stake in the Berbera port, while Ethiopia holds 19% since its population will use it and Somaliland get the remaining 30%.
Qatar has an immense political influence in Mogadishu, where it defeated the UAE, which previously had a military training base to train sections of the Somali army.