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Puntland State of Somalia Allows UAE trainers to leave Bosaso Airport after Stand off

Published on April 14, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

UAE military vehicles bring trainers to Bosaso airport where they were searched by regional officials. Pres farmaajo is in Saudi Arabia attending Arab meeting, unclear if he’ll UAE counterpart.

somali officials are said to have stopped a plane from the United Arab Emirates from leaving the country after Emirati military trainers on board refused to hand over their luggage to be scanned and searched.

The local news website Mareeg reported on Saturday that Somali officials at Bosaso airport insisted that the “heavy bags” on the flight be checked, resulting in an hours-long standoff.

It added that talks were under way between Somali’s semiautonomous Puntland region and the UAE to end the dispute.

The UAE foreign ministry has not commented on the matter.

Security forces at commercial town of Puntland state agreed to let go Emirati trainers after hours of standoff at Bosaso International Airport.

The dramatic standoff sparked after trainers defied searches to be made on their belongings according to Puntland security sources.

updated 4/15/2018

After talks trainers accepted to come with the terms of airport security and searches were made on their luggage. In return, Airport authorities allowed the plane to depart after searches. Local media has reported.

The incident coincided with another one at Bosaso seaport today where UAE Flagged ship disallowed to dock in the port. Reports say the vessel come to ship back military hardware after UAE decided to abandon military training project for Puntland coastguard.

Last week Somali Federal government confiscated $9.6 Million USD sealed bags at Muqadisho International Airport from UAE Royal Jet.

Emirati Foreign State minister condemned the Somali action and accused Somali Government for provoking unnecessary escalation.

Somali government in its side formally complained to security on what it said an UAE destabilization projects in Somalia.

Ahmed Abdihadi,
Freelance Journalist and Political Commentator

 

 

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