Monday, November 05, 2012

Ethiopia, Qatar resume diplomatic ties

(Nov 05, 2012, Addis Ababa)--Ethiopia and Qatar have resumed diplomatic and economic ties, the prime ministers of both countries said on Monday, ending a four-year row over claims that the Gulf state was backing opposition groups in the Horn of Africa.

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“We are in a time where we can flourish and strengthen our relationship and our relationship is based on mutual trust as well as a good heart,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told reporters after meeting his Qatari counterpart in Addis Ababa.

Now we want to continue with this relationship for the future, he added. The two countries fell out in 2008, when Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi accused the Gulf state of destabilizing the Horn of Africa by supporting armed opposition groups in the region, including in Ethiopia’s arch-foe Eritrea. Read more from Gulf News »

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