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Qatar pledges support for Somalia amid UAE tensions

AFP  |  Doha 

Qatar's held talks today with the Somali in and pledged support for the East African country, amid tensions between the two countries and the UAE.

Sheikh said that the relationship between and was one of "brotherhood and mutual respect".

"will continue to support the unity, stability, sovereignty and well-being of the people of Somalia," he wrote on

The meeting between the and comes at a particularly sensitive time. is fast approaching the first anniversary of an entrenched political dispute, which has seen it isolated by neighbouring former allies including the UAE.

African countries have found themselves in the fallout over the bitter Gulf crisis, with several breaking off ties with Qatar in support for countries which oppose

has refused to take sides, although in recent weeks it has had its own disagreements with UAE rulers.

A row over the management of has prompted to ban Dubai-headquartered company from doing business in

The decision was followed by Somali authorities intercepting a plane last month chartered by Emirati diplomats, before reportedly confiscating almost USD 10 million cash.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:30 IST