Eritrea leaves Ethiopia's ambassador in limbo
Like his predecessor, Mihretab Mulugeta is finding it extremely difficult to present his credentials to the Eritrean head of state.
The Emirati armed forces stationed at the Assab base in Eritrea since 2015 have discreetly been packing their bags in recent days. Their departure, which is connected Abu Dhabi's decision to withdraw from the conflict in Yemen, could have repercussions as far afield as Tigray.
The deputy governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia has sent a letter to the heads of all the country's commercial banks ordering them to close the accounts and freeze the assets of businessmen figuring on its list of suspected TPLF supporters.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has for weeks been working on reconciliation with Eritrea in an effort to break the Cairo-Asmara-Abu Dhabi axis. It was fear of having to pay the price for this rapprochement that leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front - who have repeatedly clashed with Eritrea - rebelled against the Ethiopian federal army last week.