Saudi refuses to accept new Somali envoy
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Saudi Arabian government has refused to accept the newly appointed Somali ambassador to Riyadh Abdikahim Hassan Ibrahim Ashkir.
His credentials were not accepted, because of his friendship with a Qatar’s ally in Somalia, Mustaqbal Radio said.
Mr. Ashkir was appointed by Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on May 29, 2019, as country’s new envoy to Riyadh.
The Saudi received his credentials by Somalia, but it has not accepted him, said, Mustaqbal based in Mogadishu.
Riyadh believes the new envoy has a friend of country’s intelligence chief, Fahad Yasin Hajji, who has close ties with Doha, amid political crises between Saudi and Qatar.
It said Saudi’s government also rejected to accept newly appointed consulate members to Jeddah.
Riyadh has been pressuring the country’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar.
This comes as the fall out between the Gulf Arab nations, while Somalia stayed its neutral stance.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and a few other nations cut ties with Doha, accusing the country of supporting terrorism.
However, Qatar denied all allegations.