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African states hope the Gulf crisis will end soon

Friday, July 7, 2017

Significance

The split between Qatar and its neighbours has pushed a few small African countries to side with Saudi Arabia, but leaves the continent’s leading powers and several conflict-afflicted nations eager to stay neutral -- for now. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) -- where Gulf countries have strong diplomatic ties and major economic investments -- the crisis has had significant political effects.

Impacts

  • The withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers from the Djibouti-Eritrea border will become a pressing concern for the African Union.
  • Ongoing expulsions of African migrants from Saudi Arabia will complicate Saudi and Emirati efforts to find African partners against Qatar.
  • Countries such as South Africa and Nigeria may begin to act more assertively in calling for neutrality.
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