Mogadishu, 14 September 2022 (TDI): Ambassador of the state of Qatar to Somalia, Hassan bin Hamza Hashim met the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hamza Abdi Barre on Tuesday.

During the meeting, which was held on Tuesday between the Prime Minister of Somalia and the Ambassador of Qatar, they reviewed the bilateral cooperation between the countries.

Prime Minister of Somalia, Hamza Abdi, thanked the state of Qatar for its continuous support for Somalia, which includes developmental projects that benefits the people of Somalia.

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Qatar-Somalia Relations

The two countries formally established relations in 1970. The political relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Somalia have witnessed a remarkable development based on mutual coordination between the two sides.

The relationship between the two encompasses the regional and international forums on issues of common concern. Both countries are members of the Arab League.

The relations are further strengthened by high official exchange visits between officials of both countries. In March 2015, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke led talks with the Prime Minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The meeting focused on strengthening investment, commerce, and governance ties between both territories, with an emphasis on stabilization initiatives.

It concluded with a signed cooperative agreement in the civil aviation and education sectors. In addition, Qatar has provided development support to Somalia in several areas.

That includes financing roads linking the capital, Mogadishu, with the cities of Afgoye and Jowhar. The projects boosted the Somali economy as a whole, as it links the production areas in the two cities with the capital’s markets.

Somalia is on the brink of a Humanitarian crisis. According to the UN report on Somalia, the lives of more than 213,000 people are at risk in Somalia due to catastrophic food insecurity.

Women, children, and elderly people make up over 80 % of those people displaced by drought and are bearing the brunt of the crisis.

In addition, some 1.5 million children under age 5 already face acute malnutrition. In times of these, the state of Qatar established charity drives to help Somalia in the crisis.

9,363 projects are undergoing with 479,103,056 aid rations in Somalia. Qatar also launched “Stop Somalia’s Famine” to help those badly struck by the famine.