Are you capable of comprehending the purpose of the Somali president’s visit to Qatar? It is none other than security and development! This is a state visit which was given the green light by none other than Emir Tamim Bin Hamad, the driving force behind Somalia’s recovery agenda following the fall of government over thirty years ago. By surging Al-Shabaab attacks, the country’s internal security is being challenged, with millions of people facing hunger due to drought and floods. On Tuesday, Hassan Sheikh arrived in Doha and was welcomed by Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Somalia Abdullah bin Salem Al Nuaimi, and Charge d’Affairs at the Somali Embassy to the State of Qatar Ruun Said Korshel. A memorandum of understanding was signed in order to enhance bilateral ties with a special emphasis on fostering collaboration in business diplomacy, trade, investment and cultural events across the two countries. Hassan Sheikh will put a special focus on investment and the economy of the country, with the education sector also featuring heavily. Even though Somalia and Qatar have had a long-standing cordial relationship, Hassan Sheikh’s visit holds paramount importance. Do you know why? Because he is looking for security partnerships as he pushes for the eradication of Al-Shabaab terrorists who are facing rough times in the country. The second phase of operations against Al-Shabaab has been activated with Somalia asking for support from various countries globally.