Djibouti Foreign Minister Reacts Horn of Africa’s New Peace

Djibouti Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf (L) speaks during a news conference with German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg after talks at the defence ministry in Berlin February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2AR0E
By: Mohamed Duale Editor-in-Chief   Tweets @MohamadDuale

Horndiplomat-The Djibouti government Reacts to the concerns of the political analysts that new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa would be Isolated in Djibouti.

The Djibouti Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Yusuf posted on his twitter said countries in the Horn of Africa region known for its stability, tranquillity and commitment to peace.

“One of the few countries in the Horn of Africa region known for its stability, tranquillity and commitment to peace, our own, can only welcome and rejoice at the fact that our region, finally, is coming out of this situation of neither war nor peace.”Said Minister Yusuf

The associate director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center Kelsey Lilley said on her recent report, For decades, Djibouti was the undisputed winner of Ethiopian-Eritrean hostility and the latter’s international isolation.

Meanwhile, Djibouti’s foreign minister Mohamoud Ali Yusuf contradicts the analyst view on Isolation. “For those who predict an isolation from Djibouti in this evolution, I say to them serenely, peace is above all for the benefit of the countries that have carried it out of arms all these years.”

Minister Yusuf also added

“Djibouti remains a country open to peace without compromise on the Nation’s higher interests.”

Djibouti country profile

Lying on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the tiny African nation of Djibouti serves as a gateway to the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Its port is the lifeblood of its economy, providing the biggest source of income and employment in this otherwise barren country.

Djibouti’s proximity to restive areas in Africa and the Middle East and its relative stability have made it a prized location for foreign military bases and ensured a steady flow of foreign assistance.

Former colonial power France maintains a significant military presence. The country also hosts America’s largest military base in Africa, China’s first overseas military base and Japan’s first military base since the Second World War.

Djibouti serves as the main gateway for trade for its giant neighbour, landlocked Ethiopia.


By: Mohamed Duale Editor-in-Chief   Tweets @MohamadDuale

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