Farmajo's ex-spy chief Fahad Yasin plots his comeback from Ankara
Less than six months after Farmajo's presidential election defeat, his intelligence chief is angling to return to the Villa Somalia alongside his former boss as soon as he can.
The gas-producing emirate rolled out the red carpet for Somali leader Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed when he visited Qatar in early March. Relations between the two countries had cooled recently following repeated postponements of the elections in Somalia and the subsequent political crisis there.
President Farmajo's National Security Adviser has made a mark on both his country and the Somali region of Ethiopia and has been able to deflect attacks from the president's enemies as well as certain Gulf states thanks to his robust network of influence.
Richard Griffiths from US law firm Arent Fox accompanied his client, the Qatari vice prime minister Al Kuwari, to Burundi's independence day celebrations on 1 July. Griffiths and his law firm are already very well established in Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
The electoral crisis in Somalia and the parliamentary election in Somaliland have weakened the two incumbent presidents, who have fallen back on patriotic rhetoric that leaves little room for a potential rapprochement. However, the situation could work in favour of their opponents, who are more amenable to a resumption of dialogue.
For fear of losing, Kenya has decided to boycott the arbitration hearings at the International Court of Justice on its martime border dispute with Somalia and is hoping to find a solution instead with the help of Doha.