From Cooperation to Conflict: The UAE’s Deepening Crisis with Somalia and Djibouti


The crisis between the two countries reached its peak in April 2018, when Somalian security forces seized a UAE-owned plane illegally carrying 9 million U.S. dollars in cash to the country. The allegations that the money in the plane was planned to be given to the anti-government groups in the country caused the Somali government to take a harder stance against the Emirates.

The Horn of Africa region has recently been the stage for a number of international actors that aim to expand their foreign policy reach. This can be seen from Turkey's increasing relations with Somalia, China and Russia's decision to establish military bases and the United Arab Emirates' economic and military activities taking place particularly in Somalia and Djibouti.


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