Woyanne breaks ties with Qatar – Middle East Online

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Ethiopian government accuses Qatar of supporting armed Ethiopia’s opposition groups, Somali insurgents.

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia announced Monday it was severing ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf Arab state of supporting armed opposition groups across the Horn of Africa region.It cited Qatar’s “strong ties” with Ethiopia’s arch-foe Eritrea, and alleged Qatari support to armed opposition groups within Ethiopia as well as to Islamist insurgents in Somalia, where Addis Ababa sent troops in 2006 to prop up a weak government.
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Ethiopian government accuses Qatar of supporting armed Ethiopia’s opposition groups, Somali insurgents.

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia announced Monday it was severing ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf Arab state of supporting armed opposition groups across the Horn of Africa region.It cited Qatar’s “strong ties” with Ethiopia’s arch-foe Eritrea, and alleged Qatari support to armed opposition groups within Ethiopia as well as to Islamist insurgents in Somalia, where Addis Ababa sent troops in 2006 to prop up a weak government.

“The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has decided to break diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar,” said a government statement.”Ethiopia has displayed considerable patience towards Qatar’s attempts to destabilise our sub-region and, in particular, its hostile behaviour towards Ethiopia,” the statement said.

“Qatar has now, however, become a major source of instability in the Horn of Africa and more widely,” it went on.

“All those who are prepared to foment instability in Ethiopia and undermine the country’s security have been given support and encouragement by Qatar,” the government said.

“This has gone beyond Qatar’s strong ties with Eritrea. It has indeed provided direct and indirect assistance to terrorist organisations in Somalia and other areas,” the statement said.

“Whether in Somalia and in other parts of the Horn of Africa – including within Ethiopia – Qatar has been one of the most important supporters of terrorism and extremism in our sub-region,” it added.

The statement noted that Qatar consistently rejected such claims.

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