An obscure border conflict between two nations in the Horn of Africa may threaten America’s only permanent military base on that continent.
The current crisis was sparked in June when Qatar suddenly withdrew the peacekeeping force it has maintained in a disputed region along the Eritrean-Djibouti border after both feuding nations announced their support for Saudia Arabia, the UAE and other regional powers that have criticized Qatar for its alleged support of terrorist groups. Continue reading Qatar Withdraw May Endanger U.S. Forces in Djibouti→
Ever since Qatar announced on June 14 it was withdrawing the observation force it deployed in 2010 between Eritrea and Djibouti, the inhabitants of Djibouti and Ethiopia fear Asmara has war-like intentions.
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.
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.
Diplomatic sources say Egypt offered to send troops to replace Qataris stationed along Eritrea-Djibouti border, a move that'll anger Addis.
The Minister of State for Defense Affairs HH Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah has paid a visit to the Qatari peacekeeping force, deployed in the disputed border region between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea.