Somalia accuses UAE of violating international law and interfering in internal politics

Somalia accuses UAE of violating international law and interfering in internal politics

Security forces block a street with an armored personnel carrier during protests against the government and the delay of the country's election in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Security forces in Somalia's capital fired on hundreds of people protesting the delay of the country's election on Friday as at least one explosion was reported at the international airport and armored personnel carriers blocked major streets. (AP Photo)

Somalia has on Sunday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of violating international law by belittling Somalia’s government, referring to it as “interim” and attempting to sow violence, Anadolu Agency reported.

“The recent UAE statement on recent clashes in the country also violates bilateral fellowship,” Osman Dubbe, Somalia’s information minister, told a press conference in the capital Mogadishu.

“The UAE statement is inconsistent with international diplomacy, brotherly relations between the two countries, and with Arab culture,” said Dubbe.

“The United Arab Emirates wants Somalia to be like Yemen and Libya, and wants to create in Somalia displacement, violence and backwardness. That is something the Somali people are wary of,” he added.

Commenting on recent clashes between Somali government forces and opposition groups, the UAE statement accused Somalia of using excessive force against civilians and called its government an “interim government.”

In response, the Somalian government accused certain opposition presidential candidates led by former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, of pursuing “illegality” under the guise of peaceful protest.

“Presidential candidates chose to circumnavigate the process in order to pursue a path of illegality and armed insurrection disguised as a peaceful demonstration guaranteed under our constitution,” said a Somali Foreign Ministry statement, cautioning unnamed foreign actors not to make “misleading statements that at times appear to be supporting insurrection.”

Source: Anadolu Agency