Coinciding with a day marking the beginning of the long-awaited expansion of the Red Sea port of Berbera, as part of an agreement the Republic of Somaliland previously reached with Dubai’s own DP World, Thursday, the Qatari Al Jazeera published a story which intimated the event was all about a violation of the United Nation’s embargo of arms to Somalia.
The event, which was held at the Somaliland presidency, Hargeisa, had nothing to do with the UAE planned military base in Berbera. Instead, it was about the construction of a 400-meter quay to expand Berbera port services and boost its efficiency as well as capacity to handle more incoming volumes of imports.
To denigrate Somaliland’s efforts to attract international friends to partner with on trade and diplomacy, Qatar openly sided with Somalia’s continued protestations against development, international aid, and reconstruction of key infrastructures priorly razed to the ground by a regime operating from Mogadishu, Somalia. Same adverse attention killed tens of thousands, used fighter planes to raze down fleeing civilians, hired mercenaries to its dirty work, and killed tens of thousands more in cold blood some of the remains of which are still being discovered in mass graves tied together.
The article and the signature event present an interesting contrast, respectively, between the UAE-cum-DP World attitude towards Somaliland, addressing it correctly in words and in practice as the ‘Republic of Somaliland’, and the openly inimical opposition of Somalia against everything Somaliland and the support Qatar lends it in arms, in equipment, in diplomacy and in moral boost on everything Somalia.
Below is the Al Jazeera article.