UAE stops training Somalia's military after cash seizure

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 17, 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a decision to halt a military training program in Somalia following the seizure of millions of dollars by Somali security forces in a UAE plane.

According to Reuters, the UAE has trained hundreds of troops in the war-stricken nation since 2014.

Relations between Somalia and the UAE have been strained over the ongoing diplomatic crisis engulfing Qatar.

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

The statement on Sunday followed a similar announcement by Somalia on April 11, in which Mogadishu said it will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme.

About $9.6 million in cash was taken from the UAE plane on April 8, Somali police and government sources had said.

The UAE claimed it has coached thousands of soldiers and paid the wages of 2,407 Somali troopers.

The statement said: "The UAE has expressed its denunciation of the seizure incident which flies in the face of diplomatic traditions and ties between world countries and contravenes the agreements signed by both countries".

The Emirates are supervising the counter-piracy maritime police force in Puntland where the country has been supporting efforts to fight terrorism in collaboration with a number of global parties and the African Union's forces in Somalia.

The UAE is also building a military base in Somaliland, another semi-autonomous region of Somalia.

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