Somalia has disbanded a United Arab Emirates program to train some of its troops in a fresh sign that a dispute in the Gulf involving Qatar is spilling into the volatile country in the Horn of Africa.\r\nThe government will take over paying and training the soldiers in the program, Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia\u2019s state news agency SONNA on Wednesday.\r\nThe UAE has trained hundreds of troops since 2014 as part of an effort boosted by an African Union military mission to defeat an Islamist insurgency and secure the country for the government, which is backed by Western nations, Turkey and the United Nations.\r\nAnalysts say Somalia\u2019s relations with UAE are strained by a dispute between Qatar and Saudi because Mogadishu has refused to take sides. Arab states have strong trading links with and influence in Somalia, but that is offset by the sway of Qatar and its ally Turkey, one of Somalia\u2019s biggest foreign investors.\r\n\u00a0\r\n\u201cSomalia will fully take over (its troops) trained by the UAE ... Those forces will be added to the various battalions of the Somalia National Army,\u201d Abdirahman said, adding that the troops would be integrated into other units on Thursday.\r\nThere was no immediate comment from the UAE government.\r\n\u00a0\r\nSomali security staff seized $9.6 million at Mogadishu airport on Sunday from a plane that had landed from the UAE.\r\nOn Tuesday, the UAE denounced the seizure of the money, which it said was destined to pay the soldiers. The Mogadishu government said it was investigating what the money was for.\r\nThe seizure has fueled a belief among many Somalis that foreign powers cause their country\u2019s problems, analysts said. Somalia has lacked a strong central government since 1991.\r\nUAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday his government was trying to resolve the issue with Mogadishu but Abdirahman\u2019s statement casts doubt on progress.\r\n\u00a0\r\nThe Gulf state is one of the main donors to Somalia\u2019s security sector, according to a report by the International Peace Institute think-tank.\r\nLast year the United States suspended food and fuel aid for most of Somalia\u2019s armed forces over corruption concerns. Other military donors include Turkey, which has a military base in Somalia.\r\nAn official from Somalia\u2019s foreign affairs ministry told Reuters the contract with the UAE to train its security forces expired in 2016, though it was unclear how the program appeared to have continued.