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Eritrea – Djibouti Border Spat Reveals About Shifting Positions in the Horn of Africa

For purely economic reasons, tiny Djibouti has a vested interest in the continued isolation of Eritrea. It’s either by manufacturing a border problem and resist progress towards resolving it or by lending its diplomatic and political support to any regional interventions that are designed to weaken or punish Eritrea. So how is China fitting in to this?


Just weeks after sending troops to its first overseas military base in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, China has come forward with a curious offer: to dive headlong into a dispute that illustrates the complex rivalries of the Horn of Africa region.

In an interview with the Associated Press published July 21, Kuang Weilin, China’s ambassador to the African Union (AU), said China would consider sending peacekeeping troops to a border area contested by Djibouti and Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrea – Djibouti Border Spat Reveals About Shifting Positions in the Horn of Africa

Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee Consultations

A 120-day briefing by Chair of the Somalia and Eritrea Sanctions Committee to Security Council members; the Djibouti-Eritrea conflict; SEMG chair visit to Asmara and the region; review of the sanctions measures on Eritrea.


On Monday (24 July), the Chair of the 751/1907 Somalia and Eritrea Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Kairat Umarov (Kazakhstan), will deliver his 120-day briefing to Council members in consultations, covering the period from April to July 2017. Continue reading Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee Consultations

AU to Send Delegation to Djibouti Border

AU Commission to send fact finding mission to the border amid calls for restraint

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said he is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border.


The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is following the recent developments between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the aftermath of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its peacekeeping troops at the Djibouti- Eritrea border.

The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter. He highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border.

The Chairperson of the Commission stands ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.

Ethiopian Troops Crossed into Djibouti to Help


A new report has indicated that hundreds of Ethiopian troops have crossed the border into Djibouti to help the country’s forces to deal with a rebel group called Front pour la Restauration de l’Unité et de la Démocratie armé (FRUD armé).

“President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti once again called big brother Ethiopia for help So, the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have been grouping on the Djibouti-Ethiopia border since March 1,” reported the Indian Ocean Newsletter, an online intelligence gathering website. ”

At 8 a.m. on March 3, eight ENDF trucks crossed the border at Alayto-le-Boyna.

It would seem that FRUD armé has no intention of retreating and that there is therefore a real risk of a clash with the ENDF.”

Djibouti enjoys a robust relationship with Ethiopia but its armed forces, called Armées Djiboutiennes (FAD), are believed to be very small and ineffective.

Qatar Abandons Djibouti-Eritrea Mediation Role

Qatar announced it has suspended its mediation role in the territorial dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.


Qatar suspended its participation as a mediator in the reconciliation process in relations between Djibouti and Eritrea, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anba reported.

“The Government of Djibouti received an official note from the Foreign Ministry that Qatar ceases to be a mediator between Djibouti and Eritrea,” the media said, noting Doha would inform UN Secretary-General António Guterres of his decision. Continue reading Qatar Abandons Djibouti-Eritrea Mediation Role

Fair and Peaceful Settlement of Eritrea – Djibouti Conflict Achieved: Qatar

“Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ s efforts […] led to the resolution of the border conflict between Djibouti and Eritrea, achieving a fair and peaceful settlement based on principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty within the internationally recognized borders and the release of all Djiboutian prisoners of war.” – Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi
By TesfaNews,

In his address to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, announced that his country achieved a mutually agreed fair and peaceful settlement to the Eritrea and Djibouti border conflict through the mediation effort of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Continue reading Fair and Peaceful Settlement of Eritrea – Djibouti Conflict Achieved: Qatar

Eritrea Freed Djibouti Prisoners of War

“The release of the POWs would be a step in the process of settling the remaining differences between Djibouti and Eritrea.” – Qatar FM

By TesfaNews,

Qatar’s Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani today witnessed the release of all four Djiboutian Prisoners of War (POWs) that Eritrea captured during the three-day border skirmish in June 2008.

HE the Minister announced the good news from the Djibouti capital where he is currently on an official visit.

Two years after the incident, the Presidents of Eritrea and Djibouti have signed a seven-point Comprehensive Agreement on 6 June 2010 entrusting the Emir of Qatar to undertake mediation efforts including the issue of POWs and missing persons.

Six years after signing the agreement, the mediation process hasn’t shown any progress as Djibouti puts the release of its POWs as the first precondition for the restart of talks to resolve the territorial dispute with Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrea Freed Djibouti Prisoners of War