(04-03-23) Mogadishu, Somalia – Somalia has recalled its ambassador to Qatar, Abdirizak Farah Ali Tano, and appointed Ruun Said Korshel as chargé d’affaires, according to a statement from the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tano, who was considered a powerful ambassador during the previous government’s tenure, had been the link between the Somali government and Qatar.
The move comes as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in Doha, Qatar, to participate in the Conference led by the United Nations for developing countries. During the conference, the President and his delegation will hold meetings with other participating leaders to strengthen cooperation between the Somali government and its people.
The President’s visit to Qatar also highlights the importance of strengthening relations and cooperation between the two countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the Qatari government that Tano was called back to Somalia for consultation.
In the meantime, the Somali Embassy in Qatar will be temporarily headed by Ruun Said Korshel. The change of leadership comes as the President pays an official visit to Qatar.
Somalia’s relations with Qatar have been a point of interest in recent years, with Tano playing a key role in fostering cooperation between the two nations. However, it remains to be seen how this change in leadership will affect the relationship between Somalia and Qatar moving forward.