Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar

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Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar
محمد عبدالله اومار
Foreign Minister of Somalia
In office
November 12, 2010 – February 20, 2012
Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Personal details
Political party Transitional Federal Government

Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar (Somali: Maxamed Cabdullahi Omaar, Arabic: محمد عبدالله عمر‎‎) is a Somali politician and diplomat. He twice served as the Foreign Minister of Somalia.


Omaar is the elder son of businessman Abdullahi Omaar. He also has three younger siblings: one of his sisters, Raqiya Omaar, is a human rights advocate, and his younger brother Rageh Omaar is a journalist.[1] His family was based in Mogadishu and reportedly have properties and estates in the city; the 6 piano neighborhood and the US Mission Headquarters belong to their family.[2]

Omaar was educated at a boarding school in Dorset before graduating from Trinity College, Oxford University.[3][4]

Political career

Omaar served as one of the Foreign Ministers of Somalia,[5] having been appointed to the office on February 20, 2009 by then Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

After working in various other governmental posts, on November 12, 2010, Omaar was re-appointed Foreign Minister in addition to one of several Deputy Prime Ministers by the new Somali Premier, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.[6]

Starting August 2011, Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim served as Omaar's Deputy Foreign Minister.

Following a cabinet reshuffle in February 2012,[7] Abdullahi Haji Hassan succeeded Omaar as the new Foreign Minister.[8]

Puntland and Qatar supported Dr. Omaar’s bid to become Prime Minister of Somalia in late 2013.[9]

See also


  1. "Somali cabinet named". Reuters. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Muhammad, Khalid (March 30, 2009). Q & A with Somali Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdullahi Omar. Asharq Al-Awsat
  3. "Somali Prime Minister Unveiled His Cabinet". Alshahid Network. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2016-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fergusson, James (2013-05-01). The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306821583.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. HARDtalk (june 3, 2009). Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar BBC
  6. Somali PM unveils leaner cabinet
  7. MP: Some Somali cabinet ministers are due to be reshuffled
  8. Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers for Foreign Affairs
  9. "Somalia's Failure: A Broken System or Lousy Leaders?". Hiiraan Online. Retrieved 17 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

J. Ferguson, The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia, p. 83