Roble to confer with Qatari Emir

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Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is due to meet and hold talks with emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who invited him before taking his first trip to the Middle East country since assuming office last year.

Roble accompanied by a high-level gov’t delegation arrived in Doha on Monday, where he received a warm red carpet treatment.

His visit came hours after president also made his first trip abroad to Ethiopia since April when an extension of his term in office flared violent clashes between two rival army factions in the capital Mogadishu.

Somalia’s FM Mohamed Abdirisak led an advance delegation to prepare the ground for Roble’s visit and met with Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdirahman Al Thani.

Politicians including members of the outgoing Somali parliament said Farmajo asked Qatari Emir to invite Roble to visit his country to ensure that the PM does not take further steps to weaken the president’s influence in government institutions whilst embattled leader is in Addis Ababa.

Security concerns are the issues that will be high in the agenda of the talks between PM Roble and Qatari officials.

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