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Somalia: Federal Government can't be neutral on the Gulf crisis, says HirShabelle State


JOWHAR, Somalia - The youngest Federal member state in Somalia, HirShabelle has on Thursday released a statement discussing on Gulf diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar, Garowe Online reports.

President of the semi-autonomous region, Ali Abdullahi Osoble, who was fired by the state MPs on Monday in a no confidence motion, said the Federal government can't be neutral on the GCC row.

Osoble said the state of HirShabelle calls on the Somali government to review its neutral position due to the good and historical relations it has with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

With respect to the interest of the people of HirShabelle, the state has announces that it has sided with the Saudi-led bloc against Qatar, read the Statement released by the sacked President.

It further said, HirShabelle state of Somalia said it condemns all state and non state actors that support terrorism in the horn of Africa, Somalia and elsewhere in the globe.

On Wednesday, Somalia's northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland has issues a similar statement severing ties with Qatar, and called for the Federal Government to reconsider its position.


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