Ethiopia, Qatar revive diplomatic relations

By The Africa Report
Posted on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:49

Ethiopia and Qatar have agreed to resuscitate diplomatic ties five years after the latter was accused of causing instability in the Horn of Africa country.

The Ethiopian Foreign Affairs ministry said the two countries reached the agreement during on-going discussions in London.

In 2008, the Ethiopian government announced that it was severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing that country’s relationship with its sworn enemy, Eritrea.

“Qatar has left no stone unturned to cause harm to Ethiopia’s national security,” said the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs then.

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“All those who are prepared to foment instability in Ethiopia and undermine the country’s security have been given support and encouragement by Qatar.”

Qatar at the time had denied the accusations.

Sixteen years ago Qatar and Ethiopia had agreed to establish diplomatic ties on a non-resident ambassador level but nothing had materialised by the time relations turned sour.

Nagotiations between the two countries have led to a consensus that will see the two countries establishing diplomatic missions.

Country profile: ETHIOPIA

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