Eritrea backs Saudi Arabia and allies in Gulf crisis, Ethiopia on the fence


Eritrea has backed Saudi Arabia and its allies in the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis that started last week after Gulf nations cut ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting extremist groups.

The Eritrean government said in a statement on Monday that its decision is in the right direction to realise regional peace and stability.

“The decision by Gulf nations is among many in the right direction that envisages full realisations of peace and stability … For Eritrea, this is a timely issue that warrants its active support,” the statement cited by local media said.

This statement comes a day after a visit by Qatari officials to Asmara and Addis Ababa seeking support in the ongoing crisis

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn over the phone on Monday.

Ethiopia did not take sides and called for dialogue to settle the differences.

Other African countries have also taken sides in the diplomatic row with Chad recalling its ambassador from Qatar “for consultations” after Senegal recalled its envoy citing its “active solidarity” with Saudi Arabia.


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