After Somalia, Qatar and UAE focus on Sudan
Khartoum, Sudan – As part of the increase in their stakes in Africa, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] continued to venture into Africa, with the aim of expanding their markets and possibly their political influence on the young continent.
Last week, reports revealed that outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo contacted Dubai to apply for loans due to declining financial fortunes, even with open interest from Qatar, which has had a lot of interest. influence in the Horn of Africa nation.
In fact, a few weeks ago, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad dispatched Mutlaq Alqahtani to Mogadishu and Nairobi, where they helped restore ties between the two nations, albeit for a short period. Qatar and Turkey have often been drawn into Somalia’s domestic politics.
And in Sudan, the UAE has followed the border dispute between Khartoum and Addis Ababa, which has significantly strained relations between the two sides. However, the UAE is said to have withdrawn according to reports from the Sovereign Council.
The UAE has offered to set up agricultural programs in the Al-Fashaqa region of Gadaref state. 25% of the claimed area will be cultivated by Ethiopian farmers, according to the initiative.
However, the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fatah al-Burhan, recently visited Abu Dhabi to brief UAE leaders on Sudan’s request to demarcate the border before any plans or labor presence. Ethiopian in the region, Sudan Tribune reported.
Abu Dhabi-based newspaper Asharq reported on Sunday that the UAE had officially informed Sudan of the withdrawal of its initiative to resolve the border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia.
In a letter to the Sudanese government, “the UAE affirmed its respect for Sudan’s position” on the need to place the border markers first, according to the report citing sources in the Sudanese collegiate presidency.
Sudanese officials say Ethiopia reneged on the border agreement signed in 1902, 1903 and 1972. They would not allow Ethiopian farmers to be present in the border area again unless the boundaries are clearly established.
The head of the Sovereign Council accompanied by the cabinet minister had to travel to Abu Dhabi to reiterate Khartoum’s position after his deputy’s pledges to positively view the UAE’s investment project, officials in Khartoum said.
In the midst of this, Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani claimed he was carrying a message of support from HM Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the brothers in Sudan, indicating that his visit to Khartoum is part of the fraternity and fraternal relations that unite the State of Qatar with the Republic of Sudan and the Qatari and Sudanese peoples.
At a joint press conference with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Dr Mariam Al Sadiq Al Mahdi in Khartoum on Monday, HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs said the visit was a good opportunity to discuss ways to advance cooperation and strengthen relations between the two countries, noting that these relations rest on solid historical foundations.
He added that Sudan is going through exceptional circumstances in this transition phase, which is normal, adding that the State of Qatar is fully convinced that Sudan will emerge from this stage stronger with the hands of its sons and daughters. He stressed that the State of Qatar will always support the Republic of Sudan.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said the interview focused on the issue of peace in Darfur and the Juba Accord, affirming the support of the State of Qatar for all these efforts and its continued work. with the Sudanese government to meet and support all peace requirements. .
There was an opportunity to talk about other regional issues, be it the recent tension with Ethiopia or the regional situation in Libya and Chad and it was a good opportunity to exchange views, explained HE the Minister. Foreign Affairs.