Hassan Sheikh and MbZ lay ground for future cooperation
Last week, the Somali and Emirati presidents agreed on a number of issues that had been left unresolved since the 2018 falling out between the two countries.
Nurturing relations with the leading Gulf power is an absolute necessity for all African presidents seeking financial and political support in the Arab world. To develop their lines of communications with the Wahhabi monarchy, African heads of state choose personalities of the first order.
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.