Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Qatar Emir heads to Ethiopia

(Apr 11, 2017, (Middle East Monitor))--Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani began a two-day official visit to Ethiopia today, his first to the African country since he gained power in 2013.

According to an Ethiopian news agency, Tamim is scheduled to meet with President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to tackle bilateral issues of joint interest and hold talks to boost cooperation between the two states.

The two sides are also expected to sign agreements and memorandums of understanding.
Former secretary general of the Organisation of African Unity, Ahmed Haggag, described Qatar’s recent moves, particularly in Africa and Ethiopia, as “dubious” and accused the Gulf state of urging Ethiopia to take a hostile stance against Egypt.

Haggag called on Egypt to “ignore” Qatar and its attempts to offer military and financial aid to Ethiopia to create tension between it and Egypt, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. Egypt and Ethiopia are currently at odds over the Renaissance Dam which Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile. It is expected to generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity. Read the complete story at Middle East Monitor »

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