Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar

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.

Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar
محمد عبدالله اومار
Foreign Minister of Somalia
In office
November 12, 2010 – February 20, 2012
Prime MinisterMohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Preceded byYusuf Hassan Ibrahim
Succeeded byMohamed Mohamud Ibrahim
Personal details
Born15 May 1952[1]
Political partyTransitional Federal Government


Omaar was born into a prominent Habr Awal Isaaq family. He 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.[2] His family was based in Hargeisa and reportedly have properties and estates in the city; the 6 piano neighborhood and the US Mission Headquarters belong to their family.[3]

Omaar was educated at a boarding school in Dorset before graduating from Trinity College, Oxford University.[4][5]

Political careerEdit

Omaar served as one of the Foreign Ministers of Somalia,[6] 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.[7]

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

Following a cabinet reshuffle in February 2012,[8] Abdullahi Haji Hassan succeeded Omaar as the new Foreign Minister.[9]

Puntland and Qatar supported Dr. Omaar’s bid to become Prime Minister of Somalia in late 2013.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ PDF File
  2. ^ "Somali cabinet named". Reuters. 21 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ Muhammad, Khalid (March 30, 2009). Q & A with Somali Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdullahi Omar. Asharq Al-Awsat
  4. ^ "Somali Prime Minister Unveiled His Cabinet". Alshahid Network. 2010-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  5. ^ Fergusson, James (2013-05-01). The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306821583.
  6. ^ HARDtalk (June 3, 2009). Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar BBC
  7. ^ Somali PM unveils leaner cabinet
  8. ^ MP: Some Somali cabinet ministers are due to be reshuffled[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers for Foreign Affairs Archived 2013-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Somalia's Failure: A Broken System or Lousy Leaders?". Hiiraan Online. Retrieved 17 December 2013.

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