Federal MPs will today debate a motion against the recent deal between Somaliland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish a military base in Berbera. This comes after a motion submitted to the parliament’s leadership was included in the agenda of Wednesday’s parliamentary sitting.
Dozens of MPs have voiced their opposition against the agreement and began filing a motion days after the deal was signed. This move would apparently raise political tension between Somalia and UAE.
Parliament leadership confirmed that the agenda of today’s sitting includes a motion against the military base, and it is anticipated that legislators will have a heated debate about it before the vote is conducted.Somali Government has strongly opposed the Berbera agreement describing it as ‘dangerous to the country’s unity’.During his February visit to Saudi Arabia, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sought the support of the Saudi government to convince UAE to quash the naval base deal endorsed by Somaliland parliament.