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Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border

AFP  |  Doha 

Qatar has withdrawn its peacekeeping troops from the Djibouti-Eritrea border, the foreign ministry said today, after years of mediating in a territorial dispute between the two African states.

"The state of Qatar informed the of Djibouti that it has withdrawn all its troops deployed on the border line in Djiboutian territory," a ministry statement said.

The ministry said Qatar had been an "impartial diplomatic mediator" in the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, which led to armed clashes in 2010.

The decision by Qatar to withdraw its troops comes as the emirate is locked in a bitter dispute with and its allies over alleged ties to Islamist extremists, a charge it denies.

Both Djibouti and Eritrea have good relations with Qatar's leading opponents and the United Arab Emirates, and have taken their side in the split.

Qatar has also played the role of mediator in other African conflicts.

It brokered a peace deal between the Khartoum and rebels in the Red Sea coast region of Sudan, which borders Eritrea. It has tried to do the same in the conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 15:13 IST