Djibouti president warns of Yemen’s risks to region

Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti, speaks during an interview with AFP at the State House Djibouti on May 6, 2015Djibouti's president has warned Yemen's civil war and a resurgent Al-Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told AFP in an interview. Ismail Omar Guelleh said the war in Yemen, on the other side of a narrow sea channel from the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, was stoking dangerous rivalries between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, bolstering Al-Qaeda's franchise in the country and posing wider risks for the region. Guelleh also warned the violence could allow the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) franchise to expand its power and control. AQAP "is taking advantage of these renewed tensions between Sunnis and Shiites… this may create a big gap between Yemeni people, who had never felt the difference between the two communities," Guelleh said in an interview at the presidential palace in Djibouti.


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