US and Egypt play a role on Berbera Port talks

Arab media reported that United States of America and Egypt were party to  talks between Somalia’s former government led by former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and United Arab Emirates over Berbera port upgrade and UAE’S Military  base in Somalisbreakaway northern territory.

Mohamed bin Zaid Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said that the three countries took part in the discussions which culminated into a near unanimous vote by Somaliland parliament few months before a similar vote which saw UAE win another 30 year deal to set a naval base near the port. According to Egypt   based newspaper Al-Watan.

“We made a deal with Egypt and Somalia to start a commercial port in the shores of the Gulf of Aden,”  Al-Nahyan told Alwatan newspaper.

on  12.02.2017,  the parliament of Somalia’s breakaway northern region of Somaliland approved an agreement between Somaliland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) allowing the Emirati government to establish a military base in the port town of Berbera.

The vote will allow the Somaliland administration to complete negotiations with the UAE to build its first military base in Africa. The agreement was signed by Somaliland and the UAE in 2015 and it is a 30 years deal.

Earlier this month the newly elected Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said that the new  administration will talk to Saudi Arabia over United Arab Emirates base in Northwest of Somalia.

Last year, Somaliland signed a 442-million-dollar deal for a Dubai-based firm to upgrade the port of Berbera

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The author is a senior freelance journalist based Somali capital Mogadishu