Farmaajo Hits Back At UAE Company & Somaliland Over Berbera Deal
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Saturday broke his silence on the controversial Berbera Port deal issuing a warning to foreign companies investing in Somalia without consent from the Federal Government . In his speech at the opening of the Third session of the Federal Parliament of Somalia Farmaajo in an apparent reference to the UAE company DP World warned of interference on Somalia matters by foreigners. "Every company which wants to invest in Somalia must follow the due process as laid down by the law" Farmaajo told Parliament. "I am warning foreign companies not to interfere with our sovereignty" he said leading Parliamentarians to give him a standing ovation. "Although we may be weak and our structures still developing we will not allow an inch of our land to be taken" Farmaajo said. His reaction came amid a smear campaign on social media targeting his person alleged to have been sponsored by the UAE government. The company behind the deal DP World had issued a statement defending the tripartite agreement The CEO said that he recognizes breakaway region of Somaliland as an independent country. Sources have told Radio Dalsan that President Farmaajo will next week pay a state visit of Qatar leading a large delegation of ministers coming amid strained relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi. Somalia had termed the deal illegal saying it had not been consulted when Ethiopia, Somaliland and DP World signed the $1Bn deal.