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Djibouti - France: Official visit of the French President to Djibouti 


Nine years after the last visit of a French president, in this case Nicolas Sarkozy, Emmanuel Macron arrived on an official visit to Djibouti in the evening of Monday, March 11, 2019. Mr. Macron was accuilli at his arrival at the International Airport from Djibouti by the President of the Republic, Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, as well as members of the Government, the National Assembly, civil and military officials; as well as the representatives of Diplomatic Corps accredited to Djibouti. (Source Officials) 

President of a country that has become by necessity a historical ally, Emmanuel Macron has certainly reaffirmed the relations of friendship and cooperation that unite the Republic of Djibouti and France since independence, on June 27, 1977, at this time. 

And even if the geopolitical landscape of Djibouti has been jostled by its policy of openness and the geo-strategic situation of the region; as the country now houses several military bases of different horizons and has become the nerve center of the fight against terrorism and piracy, the French military presence is still important despite the reduction in the number of troops. 

President Emmanuel Macron will have a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh on Tuesday morning, before visiting the French military base, the largest in Africa, which has 1,450 soldiers. From Elysée source, it is about this visit to "mark the strength of our partnership" through the defense cooperation treaty signed in 2011 and ongoing economic issues". 

According to the same source, the two officials will discuss on the regional geostrategic recomposition underway in the Horn of Africa. The peace sealed in 2018 between Ethiopia and Eritrea has indeed brought about a redistribution of maps that goes far beyond the relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara. 

Last November, the UN Security Council lifted the arms embargo, travel bans, asset freezes and other sanctions against Eritrea. The Council also adopted a resolution on the settlement of the existing dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.

After Djibouti, the French president will visit Ethiopia and Kenya.


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