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Ethiopia severs ties with Qatar

ICC Note

Ethiopia stopped its diplomatic relations with Qatar . Many Gulf States are funding radical Muslims within Ethiopia . As the result, the country has become a scene of violence against Christians in its Muslim dominated provinces.

April 21, 2008 Ethiopia (BBC News)- Ethiopia ‘s government has announced it is breaking off relations with Qatar .

The Foreign Ministry said it was because of ” Qatar ‘s attempts to destabilise the sub-region and its hostility towards Ethiopia itself”.

According to the BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa, Foreign Ministry sources say that the Ethiopian government believes Qatar is giving substantial sums of money – amounting to something like $150,000 a month – to Eritrea, which then go on to fund insurgents in Ethiopia’s Somali region, the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

A reference in the statement to the output of Qatar ‘s media outlets points the finger at the international television channel Al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar , she says.

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