Somali government returns nearly $ 10 million to UAE

Mogadishu (AX) – Somali government officially returned nearly $ 10 million to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, a few days after Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was re-elected as the country’s president.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced the announcement a few hours after the Prime Minister traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the funeral of the late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The office said Mohamed Hussein Roble would also convey greetings from Somalia’s new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to the new president of the United Arab Emirates.

In January, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble publicly apologized to the UAE for the seizure and ordered the release of the money, but outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo ordered the central bank governor not to release $ 9.6 million in “illegal” money.

Somali police seized $ 9.6 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018 at Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. The money has been in the central bank, and it led to Somalia’s diplomatic relations with the Gulf country deteriorating further.

Mohamud was elected by Somalia’s parliamentarians on Sunday in the capital Mogadishu, defeating outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo.

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