East Africa: UAE and Qatar vie to be East Africa’s mediator and investor of choice

Issue 440 - 10 Jun 2021

Regional rivals Qatar and the UAE are both seeking a role in mediating cross-border disputes in East Africa – which some in the Gulf see as their geopolitical ‘near abroad’ – centred on Ethiopia. They are also searching for a role in post-conflict Libya. While there are potential benefits for African countries seeking investment and diplomatic support, the two Gulf states’ efforts suggest they may find it hard to remain neutral actors

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