Amid the political/diplomatic dispute between Qatar on the one side and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt on the other, Sahelian countries are mostly siding against Qatar:
- Mauritania recalled its ambassador from Qatar on June 6;
- Senegal recalled its ambassador on June 7;
- Chad recalled its ambassador on June 8;
- Niger recalled its ambassador on June 10;
For its part, Mali is remaining neutral and calling for dialogue. That decision echoes a trend further east, where East African countries such as Sudan and Somalia have also maintained diplomatic relations with Qatar while calling for dialogue. But the trends in the Horn are mixed: Eritrea and Djibouti have both sided with Saudi Arabia, prompting Qatar to withdraw its peacekeepers from those two countries’ border.