Doha, 20 August 2022 (TDI): The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the attack in Somalia. The attack targeted a hotel in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar reiterated the State of Qatar’s firm position of rejecting violence and extremism. Likewise, Qatar rejects violence regardless of the motives and reasons.

The Ministry also expressed the State of Qatar’s condolences to the families of the victims, the government, and the people of Somalia.

Attack in Somalia

On Friday night, unidentified armed attackers took control of Hayat Hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Two car bomb blasts and gunfire followed the seizure. 10 people have been killed as a result of the attack.

The Hayat Hotel is a popular venue with lawmakers and other government officials. The al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Qatar-Somalia Bilateral Relations

The bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Somalia have witnessed remarkable accomplishments.

The relationship has directly contributed to uniting the path of cooperation between both countries.

The brotherly relations between the two countries have strengthened under the leadership of the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Furthermore, the relations between the two countries were highlighted by the visit of the former Qatar Foreign Minister, Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, in 2015. He visited the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

The visit gave great momentum to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

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The political relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Somalia have witnessed a remarkable development that reflects the mutual coordination between the two sides.

Furthermore, both countries have been cooperating in the regional and international forums on issues of common concern that benefit both sides.

Subsequently, the bilateral relations are supported by high official exchange visits between both countries.