Tensions are reportedly high between Djibouti and Ethiopia over FRUD rebels

Djibouti (SD) – The Djibouti government has unanimously rejected the decision of the FRUD rebels stablishing a rebel office in Ethiopia.

Djiboutian commander Zakria Sheikh Ibrahim, who has recently met with his Ethiopian counterpart Adam Mohammed, has complained that the Ethiopian Afar regional state has allowed the FRUD rebel group to open an office there.

Djibouti believes that the office’s plan is to recruit Ethiopian Afar fighters who will join the FRUD in a war to oust President Ismail Omar Guelleh.

Ethiopian army Chief Adam Mohammed told his Djiboutian counterpart that he had no information on the opening of the office, and that he was confident that the leadership of the Afar regional state would not do so.

Instead, General Adam Mohammed accused the Djiboutian forces of participating in a war between the Afar and Issa tribal wars, and that some of the Djibouti army were captured by the Ethiopian Afar regional government.

The government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh is concerned that if the Afars from his country get support from Ethiopia, they could pose a serious threat.

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