Somali ambassador to UK quits, cites lack of financial support from Mogadishu

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Somali ambassador to the UK Abdi Aynte has resigned his post barely four months after his appointment citing lack of budgetary support from the federal government for the UK office.

The envoy who served last as Planning Minister before taking up the ambassadorial position confirmed to HornAfrik his exit from the post. Aynte said the government had not met its financial commitments to have the embassy running for the last five months despite raising appeals to Mogadishu.

Somalia does not have official embassy premises in the UK.

But the envoy also indicated he had secured a job at the UN to be based in the Middle East.

“I have been appointed to a senior role with the UN in the Middle East, based in Amman, Jordan,” the former envoy told HornAfrik.

Aynte was appointed June this year together with ambassadors to Turkey and UN.

Immediate former Somali ambassador to the UK Abdirahman Aynte has dismissed reports he had not be duly accepted to serve as the country’s diplomat to the UK rendering his resignation inconsequential.

A note verbale from Her Majesty Government received by HornAfrik from the envoy confirms Somalia’s request was accepted by Her Majesty Government July 24 this year. Villa Somalia announced the appointment of ambassador Aynte alongside ambassadors to the UN and Turkey in June.

“HMG Somalia Unit at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office presents its compliments to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and has the honour to refer to the Ministry’s Note Verbale Ref: MFA/FRS/DP3382/2017 of 29 June 2017 requesting agreement for the appointment of Mr Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte as the Ambassador of Somalia at the Court of St. James’s,” the note dated July 24, 2017 from Her Majesty Government reads.

“Her Majesty Somalia Unit has further honour to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that the agreement has been granted.”

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