Puntland President in UAE to seal a deal on Bossaso Port

Puntland President Abdiweli Gaas is in Dubai to seal a deal that would see the management of Bossaso port taken over by the United Arab Emirates.

A source close to the President confirmed to Radio Dalsan that Gaas was in the country  and the agenda in a meeting with the UAE government will be the handing over of the Bossaso port to  an emarati company.

The deal comes four days after  neighbouring Somaliland passed a motion that will see UAE establish a military base in the port city Berbera.

That decision by Somaliland Parliament has received condemnation by Somalia government which says it is illegal .

UAE has shown an interest in Somalia in the last four years competing for contracts with the already established Turkey which has established a military base in Mogadishu .

Bossaso is strategically placed on the  Gulf of Aden and is less than 3 hours sailing from the port city to Aden, Yemen.

UAE alongside allied gulf countries is currently involved  in the war  in Yemen.

@RadioDalsan

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