UAE disbands military training programme in Somalia following seizure of $10 million

UAE disbands military training programme in Somalia following seizure of $10 million

Tensions between the countries spiked when the UAE said Somali soldiers boarded an Emirati plane in Mogadishu, assaulted its soldiers at gunpoint and confiscated 9.6 million United States dollars.

" The United Arab Emirates says it's going to end its army training assignment to Somalia immediately after an incident which saw its own soldiers attacked and $9.6 million captured at an airport terminal in Mogadishu".

The UAE and Somalia are bound by historical relations based on mutual respect and the UAE Forces had carried out a number of training missions for thousands of Somalis to build up their capabilities. A Somali security ministry statement at the time said the bags were full of undeclared U.S. dollars and an investigation is under way.

Somalia had no immediate comment, though it said last Wednesday that it would end the UAE funding of its military.

Relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi-both Arab League members-have been frosty since June previous year after Mogadishu resisted UAE and Saudi pressure to cut ties with Qatar in the Gulf diplomatic rift.

"The UAE has made a decision to disband its military training programme in Somalia which started in 2014 to build the capabilities of the Somali army", said the statement on the UAE's state news agency WAM. Somalia's government has remained neutral in the conflict, despite Saudi and Emirati pressure to denounce Doha.

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