The United Arab Emirates’ Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed emergency relief aid to Somali families affected by drought in Somalia’s Puntland region.
The distribution of the assistance is “part of the second phase of a campaign launched to assist those ravaged by drought in the region”, the UAE official news agency WAM reported.
“A total of 900 tonnes of food aid is being delivered to help recipients endure the hardships caused by the drought that has plagued their land and affected farms and livestock,” WAM said.
Last month, an Emirati ship carrying 824 tonnes of food aid arrived at the southern Somali port of Kismayo to help victims of drought and floods in Somalia.
Relations between Somalia and the UAE have not been good since last year when Mogadishu refused to sever ties with Qatar over the Gulf Arab rivalry.
The UAE suspects Somalia is too close to Qatar despite claims that it remains neutral in the dispute.
Earlier this year, relations between Somalia and the UAE deteriorated further when Somali security agencies seized an Emirati plane carrying close to $10m in bags at Mogadishu airport.
The UAE said the money was meant to pay salaries of Somali army and an anti-piracy force in Puntland.
Mogadishu said the money was meant to use to destabilise the country.