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Vol 59 No 6

Published 23rd March 2018


Mogadishu fires broadside at UAE

The government's expulsion of an important Gulf company is the latest example of growing commercial and security rivalries in the Horn

The vote by Somalia's parliament on 12 March to expel the state-owned United Arab Emirates company DP World in protest against its $442 million deal to build a new port at Berbera, in Somaliland, raises the stakes in a deepening regional row. President Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed 'Farmajo' and the parliament dispute Somaliland's right to make any deal over territory it regards as integral to Somalia and also object to Ethiopia taking a 19% stake in DP World's Berbera port project, a deal it regards of critical strategic importance.

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