Djibouti - France : President Macron salutes the major role played by the Republic of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa
Today Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the day after his arrival in Djibouti, French President Emmanuel Macron was welcomed with all the honors by the Djiboutian head of state, Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, at the palace of the Republic. During their meeting, President Guelleh and Macron discussed the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and ways and means to further strengthen them. (Source ADI)
The two heads of state also reviewed the political and security situation prevailing in the Horn of Africa.
They also mentioned the real investment opportunities that exist for French companies in Djibouti. During this meeting, President Ismail Omar Guelleh reiterated in particular to President Macron as well as to his country his gratitude for the support of France to the position of Djibouti during the adoption of resolution 2444 to the Security Council.
It is important to note in passing that this support has made it possible for the border dispute with Eritrea as well as the issue of Djiboutian prisoners to remain before the Security Council for final settlement. Following this meeting with the French President, President Ismail Omar Guelleh emphasized that the Republic of Djibouti and the French Republic maintain historic and privileged relations based on a unique strategic partnership of its kind.
"Far from being limited to strategic relationships, these relationships cover every possible area of cooperation, from politics and economics to trade, higher education and urban development," said President Guelleh. Djibouti, "a historic partner and a strategic ally of France", is "the entry point" of the region, said Mr. Macron. "Djibouti has played a major role in securing Somalia, and we want to continue this cooperation (...) and intensify the fight against piracy," the French president said at a press conference.
The first leg of a four-day regional tour that will take him to Ethiopia and Kenya, this visit to Djibouti has enabled the French president to reaffirm the solid links between Paris and Djibouti, France's "strategic and historical ally".