Somali Puntland forces guard a boat seized with weapons on the shores of the Gulf of Aden in the city of Bosasso, Puntland region, Somalia September 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Abdiqani Hassan)
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Somalia has received $50 million in new aid from Saudi Arabia but the gesture does not change the central government's decision to remain neutral in Riyadh's dispute with fellow Gulf state Qatar, a senior Somali official said Tuesday.Unlike Saudi Arabia, Qatar is not a major trade partner for Somalia.Somalia's position is delicate -- it relies on significant trade with Saudi Arabia but is increasingly close to Turkey, which is supporting Qatar in the Gulf crisis.Last year, Somalia received a $50 million aid pledge from Saudi Arabia on the same day it announced it was cutting relations with Saudi rival Iran.
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