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Ahmad Juma Al Rumaithi Confirmed as UAE Ambassador to Somalia
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Ahmad Juma Al Rumaithi Confirmed as UAE Ambassador to Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has appointed a new ambassador to Somalia on Wednesday.

The new envoy was part of a number of new UAE Ambassadors to diplomatic missions who have been sworn in before President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Mr. Ahmad Juma Al Rumaithi has been designated as the UAE ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia. 

He replaces Amb. Mohamed Ahmed Al-Othman who has been the Emirates Diplomat to Mogadishu. 

President Sheikh Mohamed wished the new ambassadors the new envoy success in his missions to consolidate the relations of friendship and cooperation between Somalia and UAE.

The President urged them to work tirelessly to provide Emirati citizens in those countries with all means of comfort and care for their affairs.

The President said that the UAE is witnessing a new development phase, in which it gives great importance to its partnerships and economic relations with various countries of the world, and this places great responsibilities on its diplomatic missions abroad, stressing his confidence in the ability of the new ambassadors to carry out these responsibilities, express the UAE policy and expand the base their interests in the countries in which they represent the UAE.

The new ambassadors pledged their loyalty to the UAE to place its interests over any other considerations while performing their diplomatic tasks with a high sense of honesty, integrity and confidentiality.

Present at the swear-in ceremony were H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.

Somalia and the UAE have long had diplomatic ties. Still, relations soured when the UAE signed an agreement in 2016 to further develop and operate the Port of Berbera in Somaliland, which resulted in the 2018 seizure of nearly $10 million from an Emirati plane in Mogadishu.

Following the closely watched presidential election in May, outgoing Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble flew to Dubai to personally deliver the cash and apologize for the seizure. 

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited the UAE in June.

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