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Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border mission amid row

Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border mission amid row

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<p>Qatar has withdrawn its troops from the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, where the Gulf state has been acting as mediator in a border dispute, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.</p> <p>It did not give reason for the withdrawal but the move comes as Qatar faces a major diplomatic crisis with some of its Gulf Arab neighbours. They cut ties a week ago, accusing Doha of backing Islamist militancy and Iran. Qatar strongly denies this.</p> <p>“Qatar has been an impartial diplomatic mediator in resolving crises and disputes between brotherly and friendly countries and will continue to be a major player in the international community,” the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>It did not specify the number of troops affected.</p> <p>Qatar has informed the Djibouti government of the withdrawal, the ministry said.</p> <p>Saudi-owned media reported that Djibouti had reduced its level of representation in Qatar.</p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>
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