‘War’ in Rome: Somali ambassadors close each other and replace closed buildings | abroad

'War' in Rome: Somali ambassadors close each other and replace closed buildings |  abroad

It is a war in the Somali embassy in Rome. The new ambassador seized the property without an official transfer, locked the outgoing ambassador, and immediately replaced all the locks.

Mohamed Abdirahman Sheikh Issa is currently still Somalia’s ambassador to Italy, but he has not been able to go to work since early April. His successor, Ahmet Adberman Sheikh Nur, arrived in Rome earlier than planned and took possession of the embassy, ​​the prestigious Liberty Building in Prati, a stone’s throw from St. Peter’s Basilica. without the knowledge of the current ambassador. Following Sheikh Noor came the locksmith who immediately replaced all the property’s locks. The new ambassador, a cousin of the current Somali president, has been staying in the diplomatic building for a month and managing the fleet of vehicles and all diplomatic documents.

Ambassador Sheikh Issa claims that he is still the legitimate ambassador. “Until the official handover takes place, I will be the diplomatic representative of Somalia in Italy,” he told the Italian newspaper. La Republica† The government of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is thinking the same way. The ambassador, who says that he is now, is now entrenched in the official residence in another part of Rome, because he is afraid that something will happen to him. “My safety is in the hands of the Italian government.”

Somalia’s (former) ambassador to Italy, Mohamed Abdel Rahman Sheikh Issa (right). ©FAO / Alicia Perdomenico

Curious and sensitive

A diplomatic struggle in the heart of Rome is not between two countries, but between political opponents of the same country. The conflict has been going on for nearly a month, and Somali diplomatic representatives have been detained in diplomatic buildings owned by the Somali government. A curious and sensitive issue.

So the Italian authorities are not sure what to do with this situation. They fear getting caught up in the internal Somali conflict. The feud between the ambassadors is like an extension of the often violent political struggle in the East African country.


The Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Italian capital has now launched an investigation into trespassing, but for the time being against an unknown perpetrator. However, the State Department is silent, much to the chagrin of the departing ambassador’s lawyer. “The ministry has not commented on these facts,” Ali Abu Bakr Hayo said. La Republica† “If a representative of another country asks for help, action must be taken. This did not happen.”

The two ambassadors are awaiting further instructions from Mogadishu.

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