Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is today expected to arrive in Mogadishu to convince the Somali government sever ties with Qatar. Adel al-Jubair has been recently touring some Islamic countries to get support for his government’s effort to isolate Qatar. Saudi Arabia has been attempting to pressure the Somali government to reverse its neutral position on the Gulf Crisis. Reports say that his visit will be the Kingdom’s final effort to convince the Somali federal government change its neutrality policy and side with his country.
Last week, Saudi Arabia dispatched Ahmed Al-Khatib, Advisor to King Salman to Mogadishu but a meeting he held with the Somali leaders ended without success. On Sunday, a Qatari delegation led by its State Minister for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi arrived in Mogadishu, to hold talks with Somali government leaders and express appreciation for the Somali government’s stand on the Gulf Crisis. Al Muraikh met with both President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in a closed closed meeting. Somalia has recently released a statement calling for countries involved in the crisis to settle the differences through dialogue.