A senior editor for a leading Turkish publication has blamed Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan (The Crown Prince of the UAE) for the recent terrorist bombing in Mogadishu.
“The UAE is behind yesterday’s bombing in Mogadishu. This is now clear. The person who conducted this task on behalf of the UAE, the one who is in control over the terror traffic is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His fingerprints are all over the region’s terror map, from Syria to Iraq, Libya to Somalia, as well as the region’s dirty relations and civil war scenarios” wrote Ibrahim Karagul, a senior columnist at Turkey’s leading publication Yani Safak. The full article of his angry rant against Turkey is here.
Massive oil and gas deposits have recently been discovered in Somalia and Turkey and the Gulf States are competing for influence in this northeastern African country. Turkey is the most influential country in Somalia. Since 2011, Turkish investment efforts in humanitarian and technical assistance have exceeded $1 billion. Turkey’s bilateral trade volume with Somalia was $144 million in 2017, $187.3 million in 2018 and $206 million in the first 10 months of 2019.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt have pressured Somalia to sever its ties with Turkey.